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Alqualondë
Background Information
Type City, Havens
Location On the coast of Aman beside the Belegaer
Realms
Capital
Founded/Built YT 1162[1]
Ruler Olwë
Other Information
Summary Chief city and haven of the Teleri in the shores of Aman
Other names Haven of the Swans, Swan-haven
Inhabitants Falmari, House of Olwë
Spoken Languages Telerin
Lifespan Years of the Trees - ?


Alqualondë also known as Haven of the Swans and the Haven, was the chief city of the Falmari on the shores of Aman.

DescriptionEdit

Location of Alqualondë

The location of Alqualondë

It is said to be north and east of Tirion between the Calacirya and Araman in northern Eldamar.[2]

The city was built in a natural harbor made of rock on the eastern shores of Aman. Other than the great harbor it also housed the Tower of Olwë. The city was decorated with pearls which the Teleri found in the seas, and jewels which they obtained from the Ñoldor. Until the Kinslaying, the city was one of the most peaceful and tranquil places in all of Aman- truly synonymous with elven bliss. It was always alive with song from the fair voices of the Teleri, and after Valinor became silent with the death of the Two Trees, the only good sounds that could still be heard were coming from this fair coastal haven.[3]

The city was walled and the entrance to the harbor had an arch of living stone.[4]

HistoryEdit

The Teleri under Olwë crossed the Sea and initially settled on Tol Eressëa. However, after being drawn by the light, the Teleri abandoned Eressëa. In YT 1161, the construction of Alqualondë began by the Teleri, and the Ñoldor under Finwë assisted them, strengthening their friendship.[1]

In YT 1495, Fëanor son of Finwë rebelled against the Valar and led his household in exile. Accompanied by the the House of Fingolfin and House of Finarfin, they came upon Alqualondë, and Fëanor demanded the swan-ships of the Falmari. Thus, the Kinslaying at Alqualondë commenced, and Fëanor and his seven sons stole the ships and killed many of the Falmari.[5]

In the last years of the First Age, Earendil and Elwing arrived in the Havens, and Elwing was befriended by the Teleri who listened to her tales of griefs in Beleriand.[6]

EtymologyEdit

The name Alqualondë means "Haven of the Swans"[7] from the Quenyan alqua ("swan") and londë ("land-locked haven").[8]

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In other writings, the founding of Alqualondë was written as Valian Year 2111[9] which is unlikely for the Teleri arrived during the Years of the Trees.

In the earlier versions, Arakáno youngest son of Fingolfin died at the first Kinslaying. It was later corrected by Christopher Tolkien and made Arakáno die at the Battle of Lhammoth instead.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "The Flight of the Noldor"
  4. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  6. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  7. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  8. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  9. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Two: "Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings"
  10. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Notes

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