Helcaraxë (Q. ‘ice-fangs’) was the strait in the north of Arda, located between Araman and Middle-earth. It was here that the waters of Belegaer and Ekkaia came together with great force. Helcaraxë itself was filled with ice floes (known as the Grinding Ice) that could be crossed on foot, but the danger was great. Fingolfin and his people made their way across the treacherous wasteland of ice and into Middle-earth at the beginning of the First Age.