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Existed very ancient times far back in the Years of the Trees - it no longer exists, or at least cannot be found
The distant east of Middle-earth, on the eastern shores of the Sea of Helcar
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Water of Awakening

A name for Cuiviénen

Map of the Water of Awakening
This map is adapted from Map IV from The Shaping of Middle-earth (volume 4 of The History of Middle-earth). It is unclear how much of the detail of that early map Tolkien meant to stand, but it is the only source we have that shows the Water of Awakening in any detail. See Note 1 to the entry for Cuiviénen for more details.

Cuiviénen; the place of the Awakening of the Elves on the shores of the inland sea of Helcar.

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