The forest-kingdom of Doriath ("fenced realm") was founded by Melian and Thingol, who ruled it for centuries (at least). Melian had placed an enchantment known as the "Girdle of Melian" around the borders, its purpose was to bewilder and deter people trying to enter. Even Morgoth could not overcome her power. The people of Doriath were Sindar, and, after news of the kinslaying at Alqualondë reached them, the use of Quenya was forbidden, and the houses of Fëanor and Fingolfin forbidden entry. The capital city of Doriath was Menegroth, the City of Thousand Caves.