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Olwë, King of the Falmari, by Jenny Dolfen

The Falmari, also known as the Sea-elves, were those of the Teleri who departed from Middle-earth and went into the West and remained there ever after.



During the Great Journey of the Elves of Cuiviénen, the Teleri had two lords: Elwë Singollo and his brother Olwë.[1] While crossing Beleriand, however, but Elwë became lost in the forests, and thus many of the Teleri refused to continue into the West.[2]

When Ulmo came to them with an island, the Teleri had come to love the sea. The island was brought towards the Bay of Eldamar. They settled on Tol Eressëa (the former island ferry) and later in Alqualondë, which they built on the shores of Aman between the Calacirya and Araman.


Kinslaying at Alqualondë, by Ted Nasmith

The High King of the Falmari was Olwë, and the Princess of the Falmari was Eärwen, Olwë's daughter.[3]

Rebellion of the ÑoldorEdit

During rebellion of the Ñoldor led by Fëanor, the Sea-elves refused to join the rebellion and to yield their swanships. This led to the Kinslaying at Alqualondë.[4]


The term Falmari means "Wave-folk",[5] from the Quenya root fala ("foam") and the word falma ("wave as it breaks").[6]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ፋልማሪ
Arabic فالماري
Armenian Ֆալմարի
Belarusian Фалмарі
Bulgarian Фалмари
Chinese (Hong Kong) 海上精靈
Dari فالماری
Greek Φαλμαρι
Gujarati ફલ્મરિ
Hebrew ףאלמארי ?
Hindi फ़ल्मरि
Kazakh Фалмарі
Kurdish فالماری
Kyrgyr Фалмари
Mongolian Фалмари
Nepali फ़ल्मरि
Pashto فالماری
Persian فالماری
Russian Фалмари
Serbian Фалмари (Cyrillic) Falmari (Latinised)
Sinhala ෆල්මරි
Tajik Фалмари
Tigrinya ፋልማሪ
Urdu فالماری
Uyghur فالمارى


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IV: "Of Thingol and Melian"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XIII: "Last Writings", CIRDAN
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I

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