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Dates
Established after the coming of the Elves to Aman during the Years of the Trees
Location
Along the eastern shorelands of Aman
Race
Divisions
Settlements
Important peaks
Lay beneath the Pelóri
Passes
Pronunciation
e'lveness
Meaning
Probably 'land of the Elves'1
Other names

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Elvenesse

The lands of the Elves

Map of Elvenesse

A term whose meaning is not clearly defined, but which seems to refer to all the lands of the Elves, but especially those that lay in Aman, west of the Great Sea.


Notes

1

The '-nesse' ending comes from Old English naess, a word that usually means a promontory or headland, though it has a broader secondary meaning of 'ground, land'. That secondary meaning seems to be the one intended here (as it is, for example, in 'Westernesse', 'western lands'). In full, then, 'Elvenesse' probably means simply 'land of the Elves'.

See also...

Elfinesse, Elvenland, Faerie

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