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Isles of the West

The islands of Eldamar

"Then more than any kind of Men he appeared, and seemed rather an Elf-lord from the Isles of the West."
Aragorn as he appeared to Arwen in Lórien
from Appendix A I (v) to The Lord of the Rings
The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

An apparent reference to the dwellings of the Eldar in the Bay of Eldamar, and especially the great island of Tol Eressëa where the Elves of Middle-earth dwelt after they passed into the West. The reference to 'Isles' in the plural is curious, but seems to imply that there were other islands in the Bay inhabited by the Elves, a fact that is not mentioned elsewhere.

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