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Dates
The first Elves awoke some three ages (very roughly 4,300 years) before the first rising of the Sun
Location
Awoke at Cuiviénen; spread widely throughout Middle-earth, with the Eldar crossing the Great Sea to Aman
Race
Other names

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People of the Stars

Oromë’s name for the Elves

The People of the Stars
(The Elves)
Eldar
Elves of the Great Journey
Avari
The Unwilling
Orcs?
Vanyar
Light Elves
Noldor
Deep-elves
Teleri
The Third Clan
Falmari
Teleri of Aman
Sindar
Grey-elves of Beleriand
Nandor
Followers of Lenwë
Laiquendi
Green-elves of Ossiriand
Silvan Elves
Others who left the Great Journey

Millennia before the rising of the Sun and Moon, the land of the Valar was lit by the Light of the Two Trees. Far across the Sea to the east, Middle-earth lay in darkness, but for the glimmer of starlight. It was into this starlit world that the first Elves awoke, and when they were discovered by Oromë he gave them a name, Eldar, meaning 'People of the Stars'. Soon afterwards the Elves became divided; one group elected to follow Oromë back to Aman, while the rest refused the summons and remained behind. From that time, the name 'Eldar' became attached solely to the Three Kindreds who set out on the Great Journey into the West: the Vanyar, the Noldor and the Teleri.


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