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Dates
Established in ancient times, before the beginning of the Years of the Trees (very approximately 15,000 years before the first rising of the Sun)
Location
The central regions of the continent of Aman, in the far West of Arda
Origins
Settled by the Valar after the destruction of their former home on Almaren in Middle-earth
Races
At first the home of the Ainur in Arda, but later many Elves also settled here
Settlements
Numerous halls, mansions and fortresses; the city of the Valar was Valimar, and the Elves' most important city was Tirion
Important peaks
Passes
Pronunciation
'Va'linorr' (where 'rr' emphasises that the final r sound should be distinctly pronounced)
Meaning
'Land of the Valar'
Other names

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Valinor

The Land of the Powers

Conjectural Map of Valinor
(somewhat conjectural1)
(somewhat conjectural1)

The land founded by the Valar after Melkor's destruction of their ancient dwelling of Almaren. Originally part of the world, Valinor could be reached by ship from Middle-earth. After the rebellion of King Ar-Pharazôn of Númenor in II 3319, Valinor and the lands of Aman were removed from the Circles of the World, and could only be reached by the Elves, following the straight road that was kept open to them.


Notes

1

This map is based primarily on a rough sketch map by Tolkien of the entirety of Arda, reproduced as 'Map V' in The Ambarkanta (in volume IV of The History of Middle-earth).

See also...

Aiwendil, Alatar, Aldudénië, Almaren, Aman, Amarië, Anar, Angainor, Angband, Ar-Feiniel, Ar-Pharazôn, Araman, Araw, Aredhel Ar-Feiniel, Arvernien, [See the full list...]

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