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  • Updated 17 February 2004
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The remnant of the Forodwaith

The survivors of the Forodwaith, the ancient people from whom the northern lands of Middle-earth took their name. The Lossoth lived mainly along the northern shores of the Icebay of Forochel, but also explored the lands around its southern rim. They had a culture well adapted to their icy existence, constructing houses out of snow (apparently similar in principle to igloos), and travelling on sleds and bone skates.

The Lossoth entered history near the end of the second millennium of the Third Age, when they gave aid to Arvedui, last King of Arthedain, who had fled into the north to escape his kingdom's destruction. When an elven-ship came to rescue him, he rewarded the Lossoth for their friendship with the Ring of Barahir. His hosts sensed approaching disaster, and warned Arvedui not to board the ship. Against their advice, he did so, but a great storm overwhelmed the ship and last King of Arthedain was lost in the cold waters of the far north.

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