Ard-galen, later known as Anfauglith or Dor-nu-Fauglith, was the wide green plain that lay north of the highlands of Dorthonion and south of Morgoth's fortress of Angband in the Iron Mountains, in the First Age. It was eventually desolated by Morgoth.[1]


In the first days after the rising of the Sun, Ard-galen was a green plain with rich grass, reaching from Hithlum and the Ered Wethrin in the west to the Blue Mountains in the east, and rising into the highlands of Dorthonion in the south. But the plain was laid waste by rivers of flame and poisonous gases from Thangorodrim, during the Dagor Bragollach and renamed Anfauglith ("Gasping Dust").

The battle of Nirnaeth Arnoediad was fought in the plain, and the dead piled up in a hill in the midst of the plain, named Haudh-en-Ndengin, the Hill of Slain, by the Elves, and Haudh-en-Nirnaeth, the Hill of Tears, and grass grew again upon the hill and nowhere else in Anfauglith.[2]

Like the other lands around it, Anfauglith sank beneath the waves after the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age.


Ard-galen is a Sindarin word meaning 'Green Region'. Anfauglith and Dor-nu-Fauglith are translated in the text as 'Gasping Dust' and 'Land under Choking Ash,' respectively.[3]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic አርድ-ጋሌን
Arabic ارض-جالن
Armenian Արդ-գալեն
Belarusian Cyrillic Ард-гален
Bengali অর্দ-গ্যালেন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ард-гален
Chinese (Hong Kong) 阿德加藍草原
Georgian არდ-გალენი
Greek Αρντ-Γκάλεν
Gujarati અર્ડે-ગેલેન
Hebrew ארד־גאלן (Ard-galen)

אנפאוגלית (Anfauglith)

Hindi अर्द-गलेन
Japanese アルド=ガレン (Ard-galen)

アンファウグリス (Anfauglith)

Kannada ಆರ್ದ್-ಗ್ಯಾಲೆನ್
Korean 아르 드 - 갈렌
Macedonian Cyrillic Ард-Гален
Marathi अर्ड-गॅलन
Nepalese अर्ड-ग्लेन
Punjabi ਅਰਡ-ਗਲੈਨ
Russian Ард-гален (Ard-galen)

Анфауглиф (Anfauglith)

Serbian Ард-гален (Cyrillic) Ard-galen (Latin)

Анфауглитом (Cyrillic) Anfauglitom (Latin)

Sinhalese ආර්ඩ්-ගැල්න්
Tamil அர்ட்-கேலன்
Telugu ఆర్ద-గాలెన్
Thai อาร์ด-กาเลน
Urdu آرڈ گیلین
Yiddish ײַרד-גאַלענ


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Appendix: Index of Names
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