Thargelion was a land in the eastern part of the Beleriand during the First Age.


Thargelion was located east of the river Gelion. It was north of the river Ascar, and therefore not counted as part of Ossiriand.[2]


After the Rebellion of the Ñoldor, this land was committed to the rule of Caranthir, the fourth Son of Fëanor, and after him it was often called Dor Caranthir and Talath Rhûnen. [3] The Dwarf-road passed through the southern tip of this land and as this was Caranthir's territory all who trafficked through there pay toll to Caranthir, thus making him very wealthy.

Once, the Laiquendi of Ossiriand dwelt in Thargelion.[4]

The Haladin briefly dwelt here until they were nearly wiped out in an Orc-raid.[4] Thargelion was ravaged by the Orcs of Morgoth during the Dagor Bragollach forcing Caranthir and his people to flee.[5]

Most of Thargelion was destroyed after the War of Wrath but some of it survived becoming part of Forlindon.[6][7]


In Sindarin, Thargelion literally means "Across the River Gelion", from thar ("athwart, across").[8][9]

Its other names, Dor Caranthir means "Land of Caranthir", and Talath Rhúnen means "the East Vale", from the Sindarin talath ("field, plains")[8] and rhûn ("east").[9][10]

Other versions of the legendarium

In earlier writings, Thargelion's name was Radhrost, the East Vale, by the Doriathrin tongue of the Dark Elves. The name was later replaced by Talath Rhúnen.[11]


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጥሃርገሊኦን
Arabic تارجلليون
Armenian Թարջելիոն
Belarusian Cyrillic Тhаргеліон
Bengali ঠার্গেলিওন
Bulgarian Cyrillic Таргелион
Chinese (Hong Kong) 薩吉理安
Georgian ტარგელიონი
Greek Θαργηλίων
Gujarati થરગેલિયોન
Hebrew תארגליון
Hindi थारगेलियोँ
Kannada ಥಾರ್ಗೆಲಿಯನ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Тһаргеліон (Cyrillic) Thargelion (Latin)
Korean ᄐ하ᄅ게일이오ᄂ ?
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Таргэлион
Macedonian Cyrillic Таргелион
Marathi थर्गेलियन
Mongolian Cyrillic Таргелион
Nepalese ठर्गेलिओन
Pashto طهارګېلیون
Persian تارگلیون
Punjabi ਥਰੈਗੇਰੀਅਨ
Russian Таргелион
Sanskrit ठर्गेलिओन्
Serbian Таргелион (Cyrillic) Targelion (Latin)
Sinhalese ඨර්ගෙලිඔන්
Tajik Cyrillic Тҳаргелион
Tamil ட்ஹர்கெலிஒந்
Telugu తర్జలీన్
Thai ธาร์เกลิออน
Ukrainian Cyrillic Таргеліон
Urdu ٹہارگالااون
Uzbek Таргелион (Cyrillic) Targelion (Latin)
Yiddish טהאַרגעליאָן


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Thematic Maps, "Languages"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIV: "Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVII: "Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XVIII: "Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  6. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  7. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Introduction"
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  9. 9.0 9.1 Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  10. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  11. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Two: The Later Quenta Silmarillion, XI: "Of Beleriand and its Realms"
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