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Dates
Built after the foundation of Nargothrond in I 102; destroyed I 473
Location
On a promontory between the Havens of Brithombar and Eglarest
Origins
Raised by Finrod Felagund
Race
Division
Pronunciation
ba'rad ni'mras
Meaning
'Tower of the white horn'

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Barad Nimras

Finrod’s coastal watchtower

Map of Barad Nimras

A tower built by Finrod Felagund on a headland westward of Eglarest. Its purpose was to watch the western seas, and warn of any naval attack by Morgoth's forces. As Morgoth never mounted any attack from the ocean, the tower was never in fact needed. In the year after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, though, Morgoth did launch a land-based attack on Eglarest and Brithombar, and Barad Nimras was torn down at that time by the very foes it was meant to guard against.

The name Barad Nimras means 'Tower of the White Horn', but it's far from clear what the 'white horn' represents. It may be a reference to the tower itself, or perhaps to the narrow cape on which it stood.


Notes

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The tower was built by Finrod of the Noldor, and presumably also occupied by his people. There was however a great friendship between these Noldor and the Elves of the Havens who dwelt near the tower. It's conceivable, then, that these Elves, who belonged to the Sindar, also played a part in the guarding and upkeep of the tower.

See also...

Havens of the Falas

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