The Gelion was a river in the East Beleriand.

Location Edit

The Gelion had two sources which were located in the Hill of Himring, from the Little Gelion, and the Blue Mountains, from the Greater Gelion. It then passed south, dividing Estolad to the west from Thargelion to the east, then was crossed by the old Dwarf-Road at Sarn Athrad. Finally, it passed into Ossiriand where it was fed by the rivers Ascar, Thalos, Legolin, Brilthor, Duilwen, and Adurant, which rose in the Blue Mountains.

Gelion then passed by Taur-im-Duinath and emptied into the Great Sea Belegaer and according to Karen Wynn Fonstad's The Atlas of Middle-earth, it was hundreds of miles in length and longer then the Sirion but not as deep and wide.[1][2][3]

Etymology Edit

Gelion was a Sindarin word.[3]

Behind the scenes Edit

Late in his life, Tolkien apparently decided to change the name "Gelion". The possible replacements he recorded were "Gelduin", "Gevilon", "Gevelon", "Duin Daer", and "Duin Dhaer".[4]

Translations around the World Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጘሊኦን ?
Arabic غليون
Armenian Գելիոն
Belarusian Cyrillic Геліон ?
Bengali গেলিওন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Гелион
Chinese (Hong Kong) 蓋林河
Dari گهلیون
Georgian გელიონი
Greek Γελιών
Gujarati ગેલીઓન
Hebrew גיליון ?
Japanese ゲリオン
Kannada ಗೆಲಿಓನ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Геліон
Korean 게일이오ᄂ ?
Kurdish عه‌لیۆن ? (Arabic script) Geliyon ? (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Гэлион
Macedonian Cyrillic Гелион
Marathi ङेलिओन ?
Mongolian Cyrillic Гелион
Nepalese ङेलिओन ?
Pashto عېلیون ?
Persian عهلیون ?
Russian Гелион
Sanskrit ङेलिओन्
Serbian Гелион (Cyrillic) Gelion (Latin)
Sinhalese ගෙලිඔන්
Tajik Cyrillic Гелион
Tamil கெலிஒந்
Telugu ఙెలిఒన ?
Tibetan གེལིོན
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ґеліон
Urdu گالیون
Uzbek Гелион (Cyrillic) Gelion (Latin)
Uyghur غەلىون
Yiddish געליאָן

Rivers of Beleriand

Adurant | Aros | Ascar | Brilthor | Brithon | Celebros | Celon | Dry River | Duilwen | Esgalduin | Gelion | Ginglith | Glithui | Greater Gelion | Legolin | Little Gelion | Malduin | Mindeb | Narog | Nenning | Ringwil | Sirion | Taeglin

References Edit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIV: "Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels
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