A title given to Fingolfin, in addition to his full rank as High King of the Noldor. It referred to his direct rule over the land of Hithlum to the north of Beleriand from his seat at Barad Eithel. Fingolfin took on the rule of Hithlum soon after the return of the Noldor to Middle-earth, and held it until the time of the Dagor Bragollach, when he rode to challenge Morgoth and was slain.
After the loss of Fingolfin, his son Fingon ruled Hithlum in his father's stead, and so doubtless the title 'King of the North' would have descended to him. Fingon himself was slain in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, after which Hithlum fell under the power of Morgoth; so Fingon would have been the last of the brief line of the Kings of the North.
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