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Aredhel Ar-Feiniel in the woods of Nan Elmoth, by Filat

Nan Elmoth was a forest in East Beleriand, east of Doriath and south of the River Celon.[1]

Its trees grew to be the tallest and darkest in Beleriand, blocking the Sun entirely from the forest floor.[2]


It was in Nan Elmoth that Melian enchanted the Telerin Elf-king Elwë (later known as Thingol) before they founded the realm of Doriath together. The couple remained here for a while as their love grew, and young trees grew tall before they spoke.[3] When Melian and Elwë left for Doriath, Nan Elmoth was held to be part of the kingdom of Doriath.

Eöl "the Dark Elf" paid Thingol with the sword Anglachel for permission to dwell in Nan Elmoth. He apparently lived in the forest for centuries, with only a few servants. The princess of Gondolin Aredhel Ar-Feiniel came to Eöl's dwelling, and they were eventually married. Maeglin was born to them there in FA 320.[2]

After the death of Eöl, no known Man or Elf lived in Nan Elmoth again. At the end of First Age, it fell into the Sea with the rest of Beleriand.


Nan Elmoth is a Sindarin word meaning 'Stardust valley'.[4]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ናን ኤሉሞዝ
Arabic نان ىلموته
Armenian Նան Էլմոթ
Belarusian Cyrillic Нан Эльмот
Bengali নান এলমোথ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Нан Елмот
Chinese (Hong Kong) 艾莫斯谷
Danish Nan Elmoth (Stjernestøvsdalen)
Georgian ნან ელმოთი
Greek Ναν Ελμοθ
Gujarati નાન એલ્મોથ
Hebrew נאן אלמות
Hindi नान एल्मथ
Japanese ナン・エルモス
Kannada ನ್ಯಾನ್ ಎಲ್ಮೋತ್
Kazakh Нан Елмот (Cyrillic) Nan Elmot (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Нан Элмот
Macedonian Cyrillic Нан Елмот
Marathi नान एल्मोथ
Mongolian Cyrillic Нан Елмот
Nepalese नान एल्मोथ
Pashto نان ېلموته
Persian نان هلموته
Punjabi ਨੈਨ ਐਲਮੋਥ
Russian Нан Эльмот
Sanskrit णन् एल्मोथ्
Serbian Нан Елмот (Cyrillic) Nan Elmot (Latin)
Sinhalese නන් එල්මොත්
Tajik Cyrillic Нан Елмот
Tamil ணந் ஏல்மொத்ஹ்
Telugu నాన్ ఎల్మోత్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Нан Елмот
Urdu نان ایلموت
Uzbek Нан Элмот (Cyrillic) Nan Elmot (Latin)
Yiddish נאַן ײלמאָטה


  1. The Silmarillion (inside cover), "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVI: "Of Maeglin"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IV: "Of Thingol and Melian"
  4. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names