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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|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|
|Dutch||Ijzige Baai van Forochel|
|Esperanto||Glacia Golfeto de Forochel|
|Estonian||Forochel Liustikulaht Laht|
|French||Baie glaciale du Forochel|
|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|
|Italian||Baia Glaciale di Forochel|
|Korean||포로 첼 아이시 만|
|Latvian||Forochel Ledus Līcis|
|Lithuanian||Forochel Ledyninė Įlanka|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||Глацијален залив на Форочел|
|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|
|Turkish||Forochel Buzulla Koy|
|Bays of Arda|
- ↑ 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"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
- ↑ Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Four, "The Map of Middle-earth"
- ↑ The Complete Guide to Middle-earth