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Dates
Destroyed at the end of the First Age1
Location
Running westward from the Blue Mountains, dividing the lands of Thargelion and Ossiriand
Settlements
The Dwarf-city of Nogrod was near the river's source
Source
The central western Blue Mountains
Outflow
Into Gelion below the ford of Sarn Athrad
Important peaks
Mount Dolmed rose above the river's source
Pronunciation
a'skarr
Meaning
'Rushing'
Other names
Known as Rathlóriel ('Goldenbed') after the drowning of the treasure of Doriath in I 502

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River Ascar

Last resting-place of the treasures of Doriath

Map of the River Ascar

The Seven Rivers of Ossir

The northernmost of the rivers that flowed through Ossiriand, along the northern bank of which lay the Dwarf-road from the Blue Mountains. It was renamed Rathlóriel ('Goldenbed') after the sinking of the treasure of Doriath there.


Notes

1

Actually, the course of the Ascar in the First Age seems closely comparable with the much wider and more extensive Gulf of Lhûn of later Ages. After the Great Sea swallowed much of Beleriand in the War of Wrath, it seems to have followed the course of Ascar, and then broken through the Blue Mountains to form the Gulf. From a certain perspective, then, Ascar wasn't so much destroyed at the end of the First Age as greatly expanded to form a wide inlet of the Sea.

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