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Destroyed at the end of the First Age
Flowing southwards out of the Crissaegrim, forming the eastern boundary of Dimbar
In the eastern Crissaegrim, southeast of Gondolin
One, unnamed
Into Sirion at the southern angle of Dimbar, near the western borders of Doriath


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River Mindeb

A lesser tributary of the Sirion

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A lesser river of Beleriand; it flowed south from the Crissaegrim, forming the eastern border of Dimbar, and met the Sirion under the eaves of the Forest of Brethil.



This river's name is never explained, but the element min- seems to suggest that it means something like 'first' or 'foremost' river. It is not easy to see why such a name would be relevant; Mindeb was by no means one of the major rivers of Beleriand. It wasn't even the first tributary of Sirion: three other watercourses emptied into that river before Mindeb (though one of those was dry in the later First Age). Perhaps the name conveys that it was Sirion's first significant tributary in Beleriand, or perhaps it derives from some other more obscure source entirely.

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