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The northern and western regions of Middle-earth, and especially Beleriand
Connected with 'Northerland', simply meaning 'northern land'
Other names
Approximate equivalents include Northlands, Northerland and Northern Lands, though definitions vary by context


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A poetic name for the northern lands

A shortened form of 'Northerland', referring simply to the northern lands of Middle-earth. In his Song of Eärendil at Rivendell, Bilbo tells of Eärendil flying over the grey waters of Norland as he passes into Middle-earth, and there the name is used as a more specific reference to lost Beleriand and the lands drowned alongside it.

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