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Avathar was a dark strip of land at the feet of the southern Pelóri mountain range in Aman.[1]

HistoryEdit

Avathar was a wasteland devoid of all life save for the Great Spider Ungoliant whose home was there before she agreed to go with Melkor to Middle-earth. After Melkor left Valinor, the Valar, believing that their foe had fled to Middle-earth to his old hiding places, did not think him still in Aman and did not find him here.[2]

EtymologyEdit

Avathar is a Quenya word that meant 'shadows' or 'the Shadows'.[3][4]

Earlier names Edit

Tolkien's very first conception of Avathar, predating even the Lost Tales, was "Habannan", a place mentioned only in an early poem from 1915 entitled "Habannan beneath the Stars" [5].

Four name-changes then occurred before the publishing of The Silmarillion: Habannan was emended to Eruman, which became a name "interchangeable with Arvalin" [6]. These names appear throughout the tales contained in The Book of Lost Tales Part One. Eruman ultimately was changed to Araman [7]. Araman and Arvalin shared slightly similar definitions: 'close to Aman'[8] and 'beside Valinor'[9]. The character Ungoliant was invented during the use of the name Arvalin, and her realm eventually was exclusively called Avathar [10].

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓቫትሃር
Arabic إڢاتهار ?
Armenian Ավատհար
Belarusian Cyrillic аватарам
Bengali অব্যাথার
Bulgarian Cyrillic Аватхар
Catalan Àvathar
Chinese 阿維塔
Georgian ავათჰარ
Greek Αυαθαρ
Gujarati અવથર
Hebrew אואתהאר
Hindi आवथर
Japanese あゔあtはr ?
Kannada ಅವತಾರಕ್ಕೆ
Kazakh Cyrillic Аватһар
Korean 아티사르 ?
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Аватhар
Macedonian Cyrillic Аватхар
Marathi अवथर
Mongolian Cyrillic Аватhар
Nepalese आवथर
Persian اواتهار
Russian Аватар
Sanskrit आवथर्
Serbian Аватхар (Cyrillic) Avathar (Latin)
Sinhalese ආවථර්
Tajik Cyrillic Аватҳар
Tamil ஆவத்ஹர்
Telugu ఆవథర
Thai าฤะทะร
Ukrainian Cyrillic Аватгар
Urdu اواتهار ?
Uyghur ئۋاتھار
Uzbek Аватҳар (Cyrillic) Avathar (Latin)
Yiddish אַוואַטהאַר

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter VIII: "Of the Darkening of Valinor"
  3. The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels, Index
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter III: "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", Notes, Commentary on The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor, pg. 91
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Index, pg. 180
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter III: "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", Notes, Commentary on The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor, pg. 93
  8. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter III: "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", Notes, Commentary on The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor, pg. 93
  9. Parf Edhellen, entry "Arvalin"
  10. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels, Part One: The Grey Annals
Places in Aman
Regions of the Valar
Woods of OromëPastures of YavannaHalls of MandosHalls of NiennaGardens of LòrienWells of VardaHouse of TulkasMáhanaxarTwo Trees of Valinor
Other Regions
ValinorEldamarTol EressëaUndying LandsAlalminórëEnchanted IslesAramanAvatharPlain of ValinorHaerastOiomurë
Mountains and Passes
PelóriTúnaTaniquetilCalaciryaHyarmentirCaves of the Forgotten
Bodies of Water
Bay of EldamarLórellinShadowy SeasHíriSirnúmen
City and Fortifications
ValmarTirionFormenosAvallonëAlqualondëKortirionTavrobel
Other Places
Cottage of Lost PlayMindon EldaliévaGalathilionHouse of the Hundred ChimneysTower of AvallónëTower of TavrobelIlmarinBridge of TavrobelEzellohar