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The walls of the mountain pass are high and steep but presumably not dangerous. The pass itself is somewhat narrow, but wide enough to have a large hill within it and a small stream.
Before the pass was created, there was no way to get into Valinor but when the Quendi began their journey westward towards the Blessed Realm, they eventually were not able to enter due to The Pelóri blocking the way, so the Valar opened a narrow pass in the great mountains. The Valar would have preferred to closed the mountains entirely but, realizing that the elves, even the Vanyar, needed to be able to breath the outside air, they kept Calacirya open.
They also did not want to wholly separate the Vanyar and Ñoldor from the Teleri on the coast. The Valar then opened the pass in the side of The Pelóri and the Noldor and Vanyar entered and resided in the city of Tirion, which is set right in the middle of the pass. The Teleri did not leave the island of Tol Eressëa until much later and even then, they did not enter Valinor but stayed rather on the eastern coast of Aman under the afternoon shadow of The Pelóri in a city named Alqualondë.
Translations around the worldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Kurdish||چالاچیریا (Arabic script) Calacirya (Latinised)|
|Serbian||Цалацириа (Cyrillic) Calaciria (Latinised)|
|Uzbek||Чалачиря (Cyrillic) Calacirya (Latinised)|
- ↑ The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
- ↑ The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XI: "Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
- ↑ The Complete Guide to Middle-earth