Neldoreth, otherwise known as the Forest of Neldoreth, was a forest located in the area of Doriath.

It was located between the rivers Esgalduin and the Mindeb in the northern part of the kingdom.

History Edit

Neldoreth was amongst the many areas of Doriath that was enclosed within the Girdle of Melian after the First Battle of Beleriand. Lúthien was born here to Thingol and Melian during the Years of the Trees and the Sleep of Yavanna in Middle-earth. It was also the place, during the First Age, in which Beren first saw Lúthien as she danced in the moonlight and fell in love with her.

After Beren was captured by Sauron, Thingol, knowing that Lúthien would try to rescue him, had her imprisoned in a house built in the tallest Beech-tree which the Sindar of Doriath called Hírilorn.[1]

Treebeard, being old enough to remember the First Age, recalled that he once enjoyed visiting Taur-na-neldor (another name for Neldoreth) in the autumn months.[2]

Etymology Edit

Neldoreth is a Sindarin word with obscured meaning. The first element of the word Neldoreth came from the word neldor, meaning 'Beech-tree', though the origin of the second element eth appears to be unclear. It may have originated from the Sindarin words eryn, meaning 'forest', ethuil, meaning 'spring', or eth, which is an ending referring to a person or an animal. From these words, the word Neldoreth could mean "forest of Beech-trees", "spring of Beech-trees" (or perhaps "the growing of the Beech-trees"), or "Beech-trees of animals" (or it may have been a reference to the Elves of Doriath, in which case it could have the intended meaning of "Beech-trees of the Elves", or perhaps it was a reference to both Elves and animals).[3]

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic نيلدوريته
Armenian Նելդորետ
Belarusian Cyrillic Нелдорет
Bengali নালডোরেথ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Нелдорет
Chinese 奈爾多雷斯
Georgian ნელდორეთ
Greek Νελδορεθ
Gujarati ણેલ્દોરેથ
Hebrew נלדורת
Hindi न्ऐल्दोर्ऐथ
Kannada ನೆಲ್ಡೋರೆತ್
Kazakh Нелдорет (Cyrillic) Neldoret (Latin)
Korean 넬도 레스
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Нэлдорэт
Macedonian Cyrillic Нелдорет
Marathi नेल्डोरथ
Mongolian Cyrillic Нэлдорэт
Nepalese नेल्दोरेथ
Persian نلدورت
Punjabi ਨੇਲਡੋਰਥ
Russian Нельдорет
Serbian Нелдорет (Cyrillic) Neldoret (Latin)
Sinhalese නිල්ඩෝඩත්
Tajik Cyrillic Нелдорет
Tamil ணெல்தொரெத்
Telugu నిలదొరేత్
Yiddish נעלדאָרעטה

References Edit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter IV: "Treebeard"
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth