S. Côf Belfalas loc. “Bay of Belfalas”

⚠️S. Côf Belfalas, loc. “Bay of Belfalas”

Sindarin name for the “Bay of Belfalas”, appearing in a rejected section of Tolkien’s essay on “The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor” (VT42/15). It is a combination of côf “bay” and Belfalas. The section was rejected because Tolkien revised the history of the name Bel (UT/247), so it is possible that the name of the bay remained valid.

Conceptual Development: In draft maps for The Lord of the Rings from the 1940s, this bay was labeled N. Cobas “Haven” (TI/312, WR/434). The bay was unlabeled in the maps for the published version of The Lord of the Rings.

Reference ✧ VT42/15 ✧ “Bay of Belfalas”


côf “bay” ✧ VT42/15 (Côf)
Belfalas “Shore of Bel” ✧ VT42/15 (Belfalas)

N. Cobas loc. “Haven”

The bay north of Dol Amroth in early maps of Gondor from the 1940s (TI/312, WR/434), unnamed in the maps published in The Lord of the Rings. The name is similar to N. hobas “harbourage” and ᴱQ. kópas “harbour”. It was probably derived from the root ᴹ√KOP, a (rejected) variant of ᴹ√KHOP > hobas from The Etymologies of the 1930s (Ety/KOP, Ety/KHOP). See the entry on ᴹ√KHOP for details.

References ✧ SDI1/Cobas; TI/312; TII; WR/436; WRI