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Dates
Built during the Years of the Trees1; presumably still extant
Location
On the hill of Túna, within the Calacirya in the mountains of the Pelóri
Origins
Founded by the Vanyar and the Noldor soon after their arrival in Aman
Race
Divisions
Pronunciation
ti'rion
Meaning
Uncertain2

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Tirion

The city of the Elves in Aman

Map of Tirion
Tirion on Túna (somewhat conjectural)

The city of the Elves in Aman, built on the hill of Túna. Originally shared by the Vanyar and the Noldor, the Vanyar later departed to dwell beneath Manwë's halls on Taniquetil.


Notes

1

According the the Annals of Aman in volume 10 of The History of Middle-earth, the building of Tirion was begun in the Valian Year 1133, and completed in 1140. Translating Valian Years into conventional solar years, that means that Tirion was started some 3,469 years before the Darkening of Valinor, and took about 67 years to complete.

2

The name Tirion goes back to the earliest of Tolkien's tales, and originally seems to have meant simply 'tower' (being a reference to a single building in those early stories, rather than an entire city). In his Appendix to The Silmarillion, Christopher Tolkien associates the name with the element tir-, meaning 'watch', presumably in reference to its location watching the only pass in the Mountains of Defence.

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