The Icebay of Forochel was an immense body of water located north of Eriador and northwest of Forodwaith in the cold, northern regions of Middle-earth. A strip of land called the Cape of Forochel formed the western boundary of the bay, creating a narrow entrance to the south.

It was known to have frozen over during the winters, making travel by ship impossible.[1]


As seen in The Lord of the Rings Online


Arvedui's Ship

Arvedui's ship, frozen in the ice of Forochel.

As far back as the Elder Days, before the destruction of Beleriand at the conclusion of War of Wrath, primitive tribes of Men known as the Forodwaith had lived around the shores of the Icebay. Their descendants, known as the Snowmen, or Lossoth, were still living on the shores of the bay in the Third Age and beyond.[1]

It was here that Arvedui, last King of Arthedain, fled when his land was destroyed by Angmar. He was aided by the Lossoth until March, TA 1975[2] when, against their advice, he attempted to sail south on one of the ships of Círdan. The ship foundered in the heavy ices of the bay and Arvedui drowned, losing the Palantíri of the North in the process.[1]

Other versions of the legendarium

Though the Icebay at one point appeared only to refer to the small bay visible on the original map included in The Lord of the Rings, Christopher Tolkien later clarified he had made an error. He corrected this on the updated map in the 1953 edition, adding an arrow to indicate that the Icebay consisted of the entire body of water.[3]


Forochel is a Sindarin word that meant 'Northern ice'.[4]


Foreign Language Translated name
Azerbaijani Forochel Buzlaq Körfəz
Armenian Ֆորոճել Սառցադաշտային ծոց
Belarusian Cyrillic Форохель Ледавіковая Заліў
Bengali ফরছিল হিমশীতল উপসাগর
Bulgarian Cyrillic Форохел Ледовит залив
Catalan Badia glacial de Forochel
Croatian Ledeno zaljev Forochel
Czech Ledovcový záliv Forochel
Danish Forochel Isbugt
Dutch Ijzige Baai van Forochel
Esperanto Glacia Golfeto de Forochel
Estonian Forochel Liustikulaht Laht
Finnish Forochelin jäälaht
French Baie glaciale du Forochel
Frisian Forochel Gletsjerbaai
Galician Baía glacial de Forochel
Georgian ფოროჩელი მყინვარული ყურე
German Eisbucht von Forochel
Greek Φοροχελ παγετώνας Όρμος
Hindi फ़ोरोछेल की हिमनदीय खाड़ी
Hungarian Forochel Jeges Öbölében
Icelandic Forochel Jökulflói
Italian Baia Glaciale di Forochel
Japanese フォロヘル氷湾
Korean 포로 첼 아이시 만
Latvian Forochel Ledus Līcis
Lithuanian Forochel Ledyninė Įlanka
Macedonian Cyrillic Глацијален залив на Форочел
Norwegian Forochel Isbukta
Polish Lodowcowa zatoka Forochel
Portuguese Baía glacial do Forochel
Romanian Golful Glaciar Forochel
Russian Ледяной залив Форохел
Serbian Форохел Арктички залив (Cyrillic) Forohel Arktički zaliv (Latin)
Sinhalese ෆොරොඡෙල් අයිස් බොක්ක
Slovak Ľadovej zátoke Forochel
Slovenian Ledeniški zaliv Forochel
Spanish Bahía glaciar de Forochel
Swedish Forochel Glacialabukt
Turkish Forochel Buzulla Koy

Bays of Arda

Bay of Andúnië | Bay of Balar | Bay of Belfalas | Bay of Eldamar | Bay of Eldanna | Bay of Rómenna | Cobas Haven | Firth of Drengist | Icebay of Forochel


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iii): "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  3. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Four, "The Map of Middle-earth"
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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