This article is about the cottage itself. For the chapter, see The Cottage of Lost Play (chapter).

The Cottage of Lost Play, also known as Mar Vanwa Tyaliéva, was a small house on a hill on Tol Eressëa, at which many of the tales comprising the first two volumes of The History of Middle-earth were told by certain characters.


The Cottage of Lost Play was built by Lindo and his wife Vairë who lived there. It had many small curtained windows and a comforting interior, and was a place of merriment and joy where many people, especially children, came to visit. Eriol the mariner (known also as Ælfwine) visited the Cottage and learned much of ancient times.[1][2]

Tales toldEdit

During and after Eriol's time residing here, the tales narrated by both young children and older story-tellers at the Cottage of Lost Play were the narratives of the Coming of the Valar to Valinor, the chaining of Melko (Melkor), the coming of the Elves, the "Travail of the Noldoli", the Coming of Mankind, the flight of the Noldoli (Noldor), the hiding of Valinor, and the theft of Melko and the Darkening of Valinor, the Tale of the Sun and Moon, the Tale of Tinúviel, the earliest tale of the Fall of Gondolin, the tale of Turambar and the Foalókë, and the tale of the Nauglafring (the Necklace of the Dwarves).

Notes Edit

  • Tolkien may have based this location on the concept of time as time records every single action and is never forgotten, and the Cottages record the history of Middle-earth.
  • There was also a poem based around Cottage of Lost Play entitled: You & Me and the Cottage of Lost Play and The Little House of Lost Play.[1]

See also Edit

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
Other Places
Cottage of Lost PlayMindon EldaliévaGalathilionHouse of Hundred ChimneysTower of AvallónëTower of TavrobelIlmarinBridge of TavrobelEzellohar


  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter I: "The Cottage of Lost Play"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Introduction"

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