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Dates
Formed in the cataclysm at the end of the First Age
Location
Off the northwestern coasts of Middle-earth, beyond the island of Himling
Origins
The highlands of Taur-nu-Fuin surrounded by the Great Sea
Pronunciation
to'l foo'in
Meaning
'Isle of nightshade'1

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Tol Fuin

The remnant of Taur-nu-Fuin

When the waves consumed Beleriand and the regions around it after the War of Wrath, not all of the western lands were lost. The highlands that had been Dorthonion, and came to be called Taur-nu-Fuin, in part survived the inrush of the sea, and remained as an island far off the western coasts of Forlindon.


Notes

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During the First Age, this island had been a region of forested heights northward of Beleriand. Originally called Dorthonion, it fell under the power of Morgoth after the Battle of Sudden Flame in I 455, and after that time it was known as Taur-nu-Fuin, the Forest under Nightshade. When the Great Sea rushed in to drown Beleriand at the end of the First Age, these highlands survived as an island, and the 'Nightshade' (Fuin) element of its earlier name survived into the new form, Tol Fuin or the 'Isle of nightshade'.

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