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Destroyed at the end of the First Age
At the western end of Ered Gorgoroth, running southwestwards out of the highlands of Dorthonion towards Dimbar
Used particularly by Orcs
Lay to the east of the Encircling Mountains that concealed Gondolin
A tributary of Mindeb rose in this pass
Anach is pronounced 'a'nach' ('ch' as in German 'Bach')
Other names
Also known simply as Anach


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Pass of Anach

The western pass of the Ered Gorgoroth

Map of the Pass of Anach

A pass through the western Ered Gorgoroth, and the only southward route out of the land of Dorthonion. It was discovered by the spies of Morgoth after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, and used by his forces as a means of entering Beleriand.



The name Anach is never explained. The initial an- element seems almost sure to be 'long', but -ach is rather far less certain. It is perhaps connected to the root ak, 'narrow', which would make Anach simply 'long and narrow'. There are various other possibilities from different sources; see footnote 1 to the entry for Anach for a more detailed discussion.

See also...

Anach, River Mindeb


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