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Sarn Athrad

This article is about a ford in Beleriand. For the ford near the Shire, see Sarn Ford.

Sarn Athrad was the stony ford of the River Gelion across which the Dwarf-road from the Blue Mountains entered East Beleriand.[1]

It was here that the Battle of Sarn Athrad took place between the Elves and Dwarves of Nogrod.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Sarn Athrad is Sindarin for "Ford of Stones"[3] or "Stony-ford",[4][5] from sarn ("small stone, pebble") + athrad ("ford, crossing").[6]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In a late text dated to 1970, Tolkien wrote that the name Sarn Athrad must be changed to Harathrad ("Southern Ford"), or Athrad Daer.[7]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Sarn Athrad (S. "Stony Ford") is an abandoned ford on what remains of the Gelion in Forlindon. It was replaced by Edenathrad (S. "New ford") a little north, and a small village has been constructed nearby.[8]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names", entry "Sarn Athrad"
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 163
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 775
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entries sarn, athrad
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: IX. Elvish Journeys on Horseback", p. 311, footnote
  8. Jeff J. Erwin, Oliver Schick (1990s), Lindon (unpublished manuscripts), "Lindon Gazetteer: Geleidhien"