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Dates
The first Elves awoke some three ages (very roughly 4,300 years) before the first rising of the Sun); many of these Elves later departed Middle-earth and passed into the West, and some later returned
Location
Awoke at Cuiviénen, but spread across Middle-earth
Race
Divisions
The Avari, Nandor and Sindar never left Middle-earth; the Noldor travelled into the West, but a great part of them later returned

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Elves of Middle-earth

The Úmanyar and the Noldor who returned from Aman

Quendi
All Elves
Eldar
Avari
Vanyar
Noldor
Teleri
Falmari
Sindar
Nandor

The major branches of the Elves, with the Elves of Middle-earth shown in bold text. Most of these branches never left Middle-earth, but the Noldor are a unique case: they travelled into the West, but the great majority later returned to Middle-earth in the following of Fëanor.

The Elves that dwelt in Middle-earth were, for the most part, those who did not start the Great Journey (the Avari), or those that fell away from it (the Silvan Elves, the Nandor and the Sindar). Of those Elves who left Middle-earth for Aman, many of the Noldor later returned, and there were still some few of this noble people to be found at the time of the War of the Ring.


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