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Sarn Athrad was a stony ford on the river Gelion in East Beleriand.

It was located in the southern part of Thargelion and a little north of the river Ascar of the land of Ossiriand. The Dwarf-Road that ran from the Dwarvish cities in the Blue Mountains all the way to Menegroth in Doriath, crossed the ford.[1]


The road dates back to the ancient times before the rising of the Sun, and was built by the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains to travel on as they trafficked into Beleriand going to and from their cities and Menegroth, where they worked as metallurgists for the Elves.[2] When the Ñoldor returned to Middle-earth, the Dwarves established a trade relationship with them especially with Caranthir's realm and frequently crossed the ford. Finrod Felagund, the King of Nargothrond who was fond of wandering, crossed the Gelion at the ford on his way to meeting Men for the first time.[3]

The site was best known for being the site where Beren Erchamion and a group of Laiquendi ambushed the Dwarves of Nogrod and destroyed them for their sacking of Menegroth.[4] Sarn Athrad was lost with the sinking of Beleriand at the end of the First Age.


Sarn Athrad was Sindarin for 'Ford of Stones'.[5]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጻርን ዓጥራድ
Arabic سارن أثراد
Armenian Սարն Ատհրադ
Belarusian Cyrillic Сарн Атрадская бітва
Bengali সার্ন এথ্রাদ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Сарн Атрад
Greek Σαρν Αθραδ
Gujarati ષર્ન આથ્રદ
Hebrew סטרן אתרד
Hindi सर्न अथैड
Kannada ಸರ್ನ್ ಅಥ್ರಾಡ್
Kazakh Сарн Атһрад (Cyrillic) Sarn Athrad (Latin)
Korean 사른 아트 라드
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Сарн Атhрад
Macedonian Cyrillic Сарн Атрад
Marathi सर्न अथ्राद
Mongolian Cyrillic Сарн Атрад
Nepalese सार्न एथेदर
Pashto سرن اتاداد
Persian سارن آتراد
Russian Сарн Атрад
Serbian Сарн Атхрад (Cyrillic) Sarn Athrad (Latin)
Sinhalese සර්න් ඇතඩ්
Tamil சார்ன் அத்ராட்
Telugu సర్న్ అత్రాడ్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Сарн Аттрад
Urdu سآرن اتراڈ
Yiddish תאַרן ײַטהראַד

Fords of Middle-earth

Arossiach | Brithiach | Budge ford | Ethring | Entwade | Bruinen | Isen | Old Ford | Sarn Athrad | Sarn Ford | Tharbad


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter X: "Of the Sindar"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVII: "Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  5. The Silmarillion, Index of Names