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Deer’s Leap

The chasm of Cabed-en-Aras

A narrow chasm among the Ravines of Teiglin, translated from its Elvish name, Cabed-en-Aras. The ravine here was so narrow that a fleeing deer, it was said, could leap the chasm to escape its hunters. Túrin used the ravine for a different purpose - it was here that he crossed Teiglin and clambered up beneath the body of Glaurung, and so succeeded in slaying the dragon. Shortly afterwards, the dying monster revealed to Niënor that she had unknowingly wed her own brother, causing her to cast herself into the waters far below. After that time, the chasm's name was changed, and it was known as Cabed Naeramarth, the Leap of Dreadful Doom.

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