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A map of Dimbar as seen in The Atlas of Middle-earth

Dimbar was an empty land of Beleriand beneath the peaks of the Crissaegrim, between the forests of Brethil in the west and Neldoreth to the east.[1]


Dimbar was still empty and seemingly at peace even after the ravages of the Dagor Bragollach, possibly due to the watchfulness of the Men of Brethil. Before the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Huor and Hurin, both very young at the time, became lost in this land after a fight with the orcs, but were both rescued by Thorondor and his Great Eagles and taken to Gondolin. But after the losses of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Dimbar became infested with orcs and the Men of Brethil and the Sindar elves of Doriath under their valiant captains Túrin and Beleg Cúthalion, led many daring raids against them.

When Túrin exiled himself from Doriath, Dimbar was overrun by orcs coming from Taur-nu-Fuin threatening Brethil and Beleg went in search of Túrin to urge him to return to help rid the land of orcs. Túrin refused choosing to remain an outlaw.[2] During their journey to Gondolin, Tuor and the elf Voronwë both were near Dimbar and camped in a shallow cave on a hillside that overlooked it.[3]

Dimbar was cold and desolate when Húrin came there not long after being released from Angband, seeking Gondolin.[4]


Dimbar was a Sindarin word that meant 'Sad-home'.


Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 迪姆巴
Danish Dimbar ("Den Triste Hjemegn")
Hebrew דימבאר
Russian Димбар


  1. The Silmarillion (inside cover), "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. Unfinished Tales, Part One: The First Age, II: "Narn i Chîn Húrin" (The Tale of the Children of Húrin)
  3. Unfinished Tales, Part One: The First Age, I: "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"