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Dor-en-Ernil

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Dor-en-Ernil was a region in the south of Gondor.[1]

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[edit] Geography

Though its boundaries are not clearly established, it appears to have been part of - or perhaps synonymous with - the mountainous coastland fief known as Belfalas[2] or the wider sense of Dol Amroth.[3] Extending out from its western shores was a smaller mountainous peninsula on which was built Dol Amroth,[4] the stronghold of the Princes of Dol Amroth.[5]

[edit] Etymology

Dor-en-Ernil is a Sindarin name. It means "Land of the Prince".[6] Paul Strack suggests that it is a compound of dor ("land"), en ("of") and ernil ("prince").[7] The context in which the name was used suggests that the name referred to the Princes of Dol Amroth.[8]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Christopher Tolkien notes that the name appears only in the Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor, the label being on the other side of the mountains from Dol Amroth.[8] The name does not appear in the General Map of Middle-earth. Christopher Tolkien put the label on the same location, but among the wider context in the newer map that he drew for the book Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth.[9]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2014: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Dor-en-Ernil was an area in the region of Central Gondor, located south of the Ringló Vale and west of Lower Lebennin. During the War of the Ring, it was attacked by Corsairs of Umbar and Haradrim. The fishing village of "Gaerlond" and the inland village of "Tungobel" were both burned, the lighthouse of "Barad Rill" was toppled, and the beacon "Dol Brannor" was seized by the Enemy. The river Gilrain and the city of Linhir formed the eastern border. The hills to the west, between Dor-en-Ernil and the Havens of Belfalas were mostly inaccessible but were identified in dialogue as the "Emyn Ernil".

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, entry Belfalas "The land between Morthond and Serni (the shoreward parts of Dor-en-Ernil)"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, Note 4 to the account of Halifirien "the people of Dor-en-Ernil (Dol Amroth)"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", "Notes", Note 39
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 12
  7. Paul Strack, "S. Dor-en-Ernil loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 1 May 2022)
  8. 8.0 8.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel", Note 14
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]