"Therefore Feanor halted and the Noldor debated what course they should now take. But they began to suffer anguish from the cold, and the clinging mists through which no gleam of star could pierce; and many repented of the road and began to murmur, especially those that followed Fingolfin, cursing Feanor, and naming him as the cause of all the woes of the Eldar."
The Silmarillion Of the Flight of the Noldor
TN-Fingolfin Leads the Host Across the Helcaraxe

Fingolfin Leads the Host Across the Helcaraxë, by Ted Nasmith


The Flight of the Noldor

The Helcaraxë or "Grinding Ice" was an icy waste between the lands of Aman and Middle-earth. Its exact nature is left a little unclear, but it seems to have been broken and shifting pack ice covering the northernmost parts of the Great Sea Belegaer.[1][2]

History Edit

The Helcaraxë was first recorded as having been crossed by Melkor and Ungoliant after they destroyed the Two Trees.[3] After being abandoned by the House of Fëanor in Araman, Fingolfin and his people braved this dangerous, frozen wasteland on their journey to Middle-earth. They endured great hardships here and lost many including Elenwë, wife of Turgon who perished in the crossing. The Helcaraxë greatly diminished the original Host of Fingolfin by the time they finally arrived in Middle-earth at the first rising of the Moon[3] The Helcaraxë ceased to exist after the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age.[4][5]

Earlier versions of the legendarium Edit

The original names of the Helcaraxë in J.R.R. Tolkien's writings were Icefang, Helcaraksë, and Qerkaringa.[6]

Helcaraxe by Filat

Turgon mourns the loss of his wife Elenwë in the Helcaraxë, by Filat


Location of the Helcaraxë

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ሐልቻራኄ
Arabic هيلكارفاس
Armenian Հելկարաքսե
Belarusian Cyrillic Hэлцарахё
Bengali হেলকার্যাক্সে
Bulgarian Cyrillic Хелкараксе
Chinese (Hong Kong) 西爾卡瑞西海峽
Georgian ჰელკარაქსე
Greek Χελκαράξε
Gujarati હેલકાર્ક્સ
Hebrew הלקארקסה
Hindi हेल्चरख़े
Japanese ヘルカラクセ
Kannada ಹೆಲ್ಕಾರ್ಕ್ಸ್
Kazakh Һелцарахе (Cyrillic) Helcaraxe (Latin)
Korean 헬카 센
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Hэлцарахэ
Macedonian Cyrillic Хелцараxе
Marathi हेल्चरक्षे
Mongolian Cyrillic Hелцарахё
Nepalese हेल्चरख़े
Pashto حېلچاراخې
Persian حهلچاراخه
Punjabi ਹੈਲਰੈਕਸੇਨ ?
Russian Хэлкараксэ
Serbian Хелкаракс (Cyrillic) Helkaraks (Latin)
Sinhalese හෙල්කාසෙක්ස්
Tajik Cyrillic Ҳелчарахе
Tamil ஹெல்சரஸெ
Telugu హెలీకారస్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Гелцарахе
Urdu حےلچاراخے ?
Uzbek Ҳелчарахе (Cyrillic) Helcaraxë (Latin)
Yiddish חעלשאַראַחע

References Edit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Introduction"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  5. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Introduction"
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter VII: "The Flight of the Noldoli"