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The Great Journey, or the Great March was the journey that the Elves, known as the Eldar, took from Cuiviénen, the place of their awakening, to Valinor in Aman.

HistoryEdit

After the War of the Valar against Melkor much of northern Middle-earth was broken, and then Oromë returned to take the Eldar with him to Valinor to see its beauty. The majority of the Elves departed, but a part remained behind, becoming known as the Avari, in the Sundering of the Elves.

Oromë guided the Eldar north of the Sea of Helcar, passing under the smoke of the ruined Iron Mountains. Some Eldar fled in fear, and disappeared from history. Later the host passed through a great forest (the later Mirkwood) on the path where later was the Dwarf-Road, and then long waited at the shores of a Great River Anduin while Oromë sought a way to get them over the Hithaeglir or the Misty Mountains, which were much higher in those days.

When Oromë returned, having found (or forged) the High Pass where later was built Rivendell, most Eldar went on, but a group remained behind under their leader Lenwë), becoming known as the Nandor.

The remaining Eldar passed north of the immense forests that covered all of Eriador, along the route of the later Great West Road that ran through Arnor. Finally the Vanyar and Ñoldor crossed the Blue Mountains, while the Lindar still lagged behind in Eriador (for which reason they became known as the Teleri).

The Vanyar and Ñoldor were ferried across Belegaer on Tol Eressëa, which would later be permanently anchored off the coast of Aman by Ulmo, while the Teleri finally entered Beleriand. When Ulmo returned for them the greater part of the Teleri finally crossed Belegaer, but a part remained behind again, becoming the Sindar.[1]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Groot Reis
Albanian Udhëtim i madh
Amharic ታላቋ ጉዞ
Arabic الرحلة العظيمة
Armenian Մեծ ճանապարհորդություն
Azerbaijani Böyük səyahət
Basque Bidaia handia
Belarusian Cyrillic Вялікае падарожжа
Bengali গ্রেট জার্নি
Bosnian Sjajno putovanje
Bulgarian Cyrillic Голямо пътуване
Burmese ဂရိတ်ခရီး
Cebuano Dakong panaw
Cambodian ដំណើរដ៏អស្ចារ្យ
Catalan Gran Viatge
Chinese (Hong Kong) 大遠行
Croatian Veliko putovanje
Czech Skvělá zájezd
Danish Fantastisk Rejse
Dutch Geweldige Reis
Esperanto Granda Vojaĝo
Estonian Suur teekond
Filipino Mahusay na paglalakbay
Finnish Suuri matka
French Grande Marche
Frisian Grutte reis
Galician Gran xornada
Georgian დიდი მოგზაურობა
German Große Wanderung
Gujarati ગ્રેટ જર્ની
Haitian Creole Gran vwayaj
Hausa Babban tafiya
Hebrew המסע הגדול
Hindi महान यात्रा
Hungarian Nagy utazás
Icelandic Frábært Ferð
Indonesian Perjalanan besar
Irish Gaelic Turas mór
Italian Grande Viaggio
Japanese グレート・ジャーニー
Javanese Lelampahan gedhe
Kannada ಗ್ರೇಟ್ ಜರ್ನಿ
Kazakh Үлкен саяхат (Cyrillic) Ülken sayaxat (Latin)
Korean 위대한 여행
Kurdish Rêwîtiyek Mezin (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Laotian ການເດີນທາງທີ່ຍິ່ງໃຫຍ່
Latin Magna iter
Latvian Liels ceļojums
Lithuanian Puiki kelionė
Luxembourgish Grouss Tour
Macedonian Cyrillic Големо патување
Malagasy Lehibe ny diany
Malay Perjalanan hebat
Malayalam മഹത്തായ യാത്ര
Maori haerenga Nui
Marathi ग्रेट जर्नी
Maltese Vjaġġ kbira
Mongolian Cyrillic Агуу аялал
Nepalese महान् यात्रा
Norwegian Flott Reise
Pashto لوی سفر
Persian سفر بزرگ
Polish Wielka Wędrówka
Portuguese Grande viagem
Punjabi ਗ੍ਰੇਟ ਜਰਨੀ
Romanian Marea călătorie
Romansh viadi Grand
Russian Великий поход
Samoan Malaga tele
Scottish Gaelic Turas mòr
Serbian Велико путовање (Cyrillic) Veliko putovanje (Latin)
Sindhi عظيم سفر
Sinhalese මහා ගමනක්
Slovak Skvelá cesta
Slovenian Odlično potovanje
Somalian Socda Weyn
Spanish Gran Viaje
Swahili Safari Kubwa
Swedish Stor Resa
Tamil பெரிய பயணம்
Telugu గ్రేట్ జర్నీ
Thai การเดินทางที่ยิ่งใหญ่
Turkish Büyük yolculuk
Ukrainian Cyrillic Великий Похід
Urdu عظیم سفر
Uzbek Катта саёҳат (Cyrillic) Katta sayohat (Latin)
Vietnamese Cuộc hành trình tuyệt vời
Welsh Taith fawr
Xhosa Uhambo olukhulu
Yiddish גרויס דזשאָורניי
Yucatec Maya Nojoch náachil

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"