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Abandoned as a kingdom shortly after I 1161
Destroyed in the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age
The coastlands between West Beleriand to the south and Dor-lómin to the north
Founded by Turgon


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The first homeland of Turgon in Middle-earth

Map of Nevrast

A mountainous coastal land on the northwestern bounds of Beleriand; the dwelling place of Turgon and his people during the first and second centuries of the First Age, before their removal to Gondolin.



Beginning in this year, the people of Turgon began to remove from Nevrast and secretly make their way to the newly built city of Gondolin. After their passing, Nevrast became an empty land, though the name was still used for the abandoned region. This entry's timeline shows the period for which Nevrast was an established Noldorin kingdom.


There were Sindar living in Nevrast during the Years of the Trees before the First Age. When the Noldor returned to Middle-earth, the native Sindar of this region accepted Turgon as their lord, and the two peoples mingled. Noldor and Sindar alike left their homes in Nevrast when Gondolin was completed.


According to the published Silmarillion, Nevrast originally described the entire western shoreline of Beleriand, distinguishing it (as the Hither, or near, Shore) from Haerast, the distant shore of Aman. The Etymologies, though, show us that this derivation is a later development. There, the name Nevrast comes from an older form, Nivros(t), meaning 'wide western valley'. (The History of Middle-earth volume V, The Lost Road and Other Writings III The Etymologies).


About this entry:

  • Updated 18 August 2014
  • Updates planned: 1

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