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Snares of the Shadowy Seas

"...and they came to the Enchanted Isles and escaped their enchantment; and they came into the Shadowy Seas and passed their shadows..."
Quenta Silmarillion 24
Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath

The Shadowy Seas formed the western part of the Great Sea between Aman and Middle-earth. They took their name from the treacherous fogs and mists that swirled across their surface: the so-called Shadows of the Shadowy Seas. Though it isn't certain whether the Shadows were created by the Valar, they played their part in protecting the shores of Aman from vessels out of the east.

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