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Dates
Destroyed at the end of the First Age
Location
Flowing westwards through Ossiriand between the rivers Ascar and Legolin
Race
Division
Culture
Source
Among the western slopes of Ered Luin
Tributaries
None
Outflow
Into the river Gelion
Pronunciation
'tha'los'
Meaning
Probably 'torrent'1

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River Thalos

Second of the tributaries of Gelion

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The Seven Rivers of Ossir

The second of the six rushing rivers that rushed down from the Blue Mountains to meet the great River Gelion. The Thalos, whose name comes from the Elvish for 'torrent', is important in the history of Men. It was in the high valley of its upper course that the first Bëor and his followers, the first Men to cross the mountains, made their camp, and where they were discovered by Finrod Felagund.


Notes

1

This river's name ultimately derives from thall, meaning 'steep', applied to a river that falls steeply along its course. From this came the word thalos, 'torrent', which came to be applied to this river of Ossiriand as its proper name.

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