high and barren landscape feature

A fell (from Old Norse fell, fjall, "mountain"[1]) is a high and barren landscape feature, such as a mountain range or moor-covered hills. The term is most often employed in Scandinavia, the Isle of Man, parts of northern England, and Scotland.

A view of Catbells, a fell in the Lake District of northern England.

Origins of the nameEdit

The English word fell comes from Old Norse fell, fjall (both forms existed).[1] It is from the same root word as the Icelandic fjall/fell. Also the Swedish fjäll, and Norwegian fjell. These all refer to mountains rising above the alpine tree line.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Falk and Torp (2006:161).
  2. Bjorvand and Lindeman (2007:270–271).

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