18 January 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 202: the Girdle of Melian

Soon after Morgoth returned to Middle-earth with the Silmarils, Melian cast an enchanted barrier over the land of Doriath, which enclosed the areas of Region, Neldoreth, Nivrim, and part of Aelin-uil, and not only kept them safe, but also protected them from the dark influence of Morgoth. Only on two occasions was the enchantment breached: first by Beren, whose doom was greater than Melian’s power, and then by Carcharoth. The Girdle kept Doriath hidden until Melian withdrew her power and went over the Sea following the death of Thingol.

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