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Location
To the north and east of Aman, between the mountains of the Pel√≥ri and the Great Sea,1 approaching Middle-earth at the Helcaraxë in the extreme north
Pronunciation
a'raman
Meaning
'Outside Aman' (Aman means 'Blessed Realm')

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Araman

The northern lands beyond the Pelóri

Map of Araman

The empty regions and narrow coastlands of Aman that lay to the north of Valinor.


Notes

1

The Silmarillion tells us that Araman lay between the mountains of the Pelóri and the Sea, which seem to imply a that it was relatively narrow coastal strip. However, the same source also states that Araman was a wide land of cold plains, so it cannot simply have run along the shoreline. The map included here follows the rough sketch map numbered V in volume IV of The History of Middle-earth, which shows three ranges of mountains running through the region. The implication seems to be that the southern branch of these, curving westwards, represents the northern reach of the Pelóri. Following that assumption, Araman would lie beyond the mountains as described, but also be wide enough to encompass the plains mentioned in the text.

See also...

Aman, Grinding Ice, Oiomúrë

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