S. Belfalas loc. “Shore of Bel”
A region on the coast of Gondor ruled by the prince of Dol Amroth, derived from an older, pre-Númenorean name Bel (UT/247, VT42/15). The second element of the name is S. falas “shore” (RC/18, SA/falas), hence: “Shore of Bel”.
Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared as N. Ramathor >> Ramathir, both rejected and replaced by N. Belfalas (TI/119). In its first appearance, the name was applied to the region that would later be called Anfalas, and Belfalas was only later used for the region around Dol Amroth (WR/393).
In his notes for his “Unfinished Index” of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien indicated that the name was fully Sindarin, and that the element Bel meant “steep, shear” (RC/18). The idea that the initial element was a pre-Númenorean name emerged in his later essay on “The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor” (UT/247, VT42/15).
References ✧ LotRI; PMI; RC/18; RSI; SA/falas; SI; UT/247; VT42/15
|Un. Bel||“?”||✧ RC/18; UT/247; VT42/15 (Bel)|
|falas||“beach, shore, strand, surf(line)”||✧ RC/18; SA/falas; VT42/15 (falas)|
N. Belfalas loc.
References ✧ TI/119, 310; TII; WRI
N. Ramathir loc.
References ✧ TI/119; TII/Belfalas