topon. Norbury, (lit.) Northern Fortress
The old capital of Arnor, translated “Norbury” (LotR/9). It is a compound of forn “north” and ost “city, fortress” (SA/formen, os(t)).
Conceptual Development: In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, this name first appeared as N. Osforod “Northburg” (TI/120), later revised to N. Fornobel (TI/147) and finally Fornost (WR/76).