Forodwaith was the name of both a region and its inhabitants, in northern Arda.
The Sindarin name Forodwaith translates loosely as "Northern Waste", and was a name for the land north of the Iron Mountains of the First Age. Little was known of it, except that it was an area of immense cold due to the proximity to the Gap of Ilmen, and Morgoth's evil cold. After the War of Wrath and the breaking of the World, the Iron Mountains were mostly destroyed, and the area of Forodwaith that lay north of Eriador became known as Forochel, together with the great icebay and cape that carried the same name.
The Men of Forodwaith were a strange folk apparently unrelated to the Edain. During the Third Age, they were known as the Snowmen of Forochel or Lossoth. In Unfinished Tales, it was stated that they could glide on ice by tying bones to their feet.
Arvedui, last King of Arthedain, fled to the Icebay of Forochel after his realm was destroyed by Angmar, and the Lossoth helped him survive the winter. Against their advice he took ship to sail south, and he was drowned in the icebay, together with the Palantíri of the North. The chieftain of the Lossoth counseled Arvedui not to go aboard the ships and face the bitter northern winter, but the King refused and went anyway. In payment for his safekeeping, King Arvedui gave to the Lossoth his ring, the Ring of Barahir, and bade them ransom it to his kin when the Lossoth had need. Unfortunately, the chieftain's counsel proved wise, and Arvedui was lost at sea, thus ended the Kings of Arnor, and their line continued as the Chieftains of the Dúnedain of Arnor (Rangers).
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||佛洛威治|
|Danish||Forodwaith (Den Nordlige Ødemark)|
|Kazakh||Фородуаіт (Cyrillic) Forodwait (Latin)|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Фородүаитh ?|
|Serbian||Фородваитх (Cyrillic) Forodwaith (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Фородwаитҳ (Cyrillic) Forodwaith (Latin)|