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place name. 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).

Element in


forn“north, north, [N.] right”
ost“fort, fortress, stronghold, citadel; fortified town; enclosure, fort, fortress, stronghold, citadel; (fortified) town, [N.] city; [orig.] [S.] enclosure, [G.] yard”


  • Forn-ost ✧ RC/774
Sindarin [LotR/0009; LotRI/Fornost; LotRI/Norbury; PM/039; PMI/Fornost; RC/774; SA/formen; SA/os(t); SI/Fornost; TI/304; TII/Fornost; UTI/Fornost; WR/076; WRI/Fornost] Group: Eldamo. Published by