The journey across the Helcaraxë was difficult and perilous, but how long did it take to reach Beleriand?

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    Fingolfin, you should know, surely? – Rand al'Thor Nov 4 '15 at 11:38

Around twenty years.

In the earlier version of the Annals of Aman in History of Middle-Earth V, where it is noted that each Valian Year (VY) "is as ten years of the Sun now are", we have:

VY 2998-3000: Now Fingolfin [...] won their way at last with grievous losses and with minished might into the North of Middle-earth.

So it took two Valian years, or twenty years in the usual reckoning.

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    It seems like Fingolfin had very poor navigational skills. Then again, the Old Testament tribes of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years, so I suppose there are other precedents. – Royal Canadian Bandit Nov 4 '15 at 11:30
  • 20 years?! It certainly makes the Fellowship's journey seem like a nice, leisurely stroll – Mat Cauthon Jul 5 '17 at 10:01

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