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Formenos was the stronghold city of the House of Fëanor in the hills north of Valinor, in Aman.[2]


After the banishment of Fëanor from Tirion, he and his seven sons went north of Valinor and fortified Formenos. Some of the Ñoldor, including their King Finwë, went with Fëanor. In Formenos, they spent twelve Valian Years (about fifty Years of the Sun) in exile.

It was also home to the treasury of Fëanor where he kept the three Silmarils in a chamber of iron. Melkor slew Finwë at the doors of Formenos, before stealing the jewels, which led to the eventual Darkening of Valinor.[3]


Formenos was a Quenya name, meaning "Northern fortress" from formen ("north") and ost ("fortress").[4][5]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ፎርመኖስ
Arabic فورمينوس
Armenian Ֆորմենոս
Belarusian Cyrillic Форменос
Bengali ফর্মেন্স ?
Bulgarian Cyrillic Форменос
Chinese 佛密諾斯
Danish Formenos (Nordfæstningen)
Greek Φορμενος
Gujarati ફોર્મેનોસ
Hebrew פורמנוס
Hindi फ़ोर्मेनोस
Kazakh Форменос (Cyrillic) Formenos (Latin)
Korean 포르노스
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Формэнос
Lao ຟໂrມເນໂຊ
Macedonian Cyrillic Форменос
Marathi फॉर्मेनोस
Mongolian Cyrillic Форменос
Nepalese फ़ोर्मेनोस
Pashto فورمېنوس ?
Persian فورمهنوس
Punjabi ਫਾਰਮੈਨੌਸ
Russian Форменос
Serbian Форменос (Cyrillic) Formenos (Latin)
Sinhalese ෆොර්මෙනොස්
Tajik Cyrillic Форменос
Tamil போர்மேனோஸ்
Telugu ఫార్మేనోస్
Thai ฟโรมเนโซ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Форменос
Urdu فورمےنوس
Uzbek Форменос (Cyrillic) Formenos (Latin)
Yiddish פֿאָרמענאָס
Places in Aman
Regions of the Valar
Woods of OromëPastures of YavannaHalls of MandosHalls of NiennaGardens of LòrienWells of VardaHouse of TulkasMáhanaxarTwo Trees of Valinor
Other Regions
ValinorEldamarTol EressëaUndying LandsAlalminórëEnchanted IslesAramanAvatharPlain of ValinorHaerastOiomurë
Mountains and Passes
PelóriTúnaTaniquetilCalaciryaHyarmentirCaves of the Forgotten
Bodies of Water
Bay of EldamarLórellinShadowy SeasHíriSirnúmen
City and Fortifications
Other Places
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  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  4. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  5. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien