Word of the Day: Beleriand, the country of Balar, given at first to the people who faced the Isle of Balar. It eventually became the entire region in northwestern Middle-earth. It means ‘borders of the faëry land.’ Balar, the origin, refers to Ossë, and it was colonized by the Teleri.
It started off merely West in the First Age, then eventually was divided by Sirion, the mighty river which led to a flood in the Bay of Balar. Then, the Forest of Brethil lay in west Beleriand, along with the realm of Nargothrond. There, the water was shunned by the servants, though some of the Elves of the Havens built new ships. They were lorded by Círdan, a shipbuilder, who had an alliance with Finrod Felagund, who is the youngest of all the great lords (The Silmarillion).
In East Beleriand, upon the left hand of Sirion, there’s a hundred leagues from:
- Sirion (the dividing river)
- borders of Ossiriand (between Sirion and Gelion)
- Dimbar (between Sirion and Mindeb)