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


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]


Avathar is a Quenya word that apparently meant 'shadows'.[3]

Translations around the World Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Russian Аватар


  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 Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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