Location of the Havens of Sirion
Havens of Sirion
Background Information
Type Haven
Location Northeast of Bay of Balar
Founded/Built c. YT 1092[1]
Other Information
Other names Mouths of Sirion
Inhabitants Refugees of Gondolin and Doriath
Spoken Languages Possibly Sindarin
Lifespan c. YT 1092 - c. FA 587[2]
The Havens of Sirion were the refuge for the Eldar and Edain of Beleriand who survived the Nírnaeth Arnoediad and the destruction of Menegroth.


The Havens of Sirion housed the surviving Sindar of Doriath (after their homeland was sacked),[3] some of the Ñoldor from Nargothrond and Gondolin, and the few surviving Men of the Three Houses of the Edain.[4] The first rulers of this region, known as Arvernien, were Tuor and Idril. Later their son, the Half-elven Eärendil, married Dior's half-elven daughter, Elwing, who had fled the Fall of Doriath with the Silmaril of Beren and Lúthien. Their sons Elros and Elrond were born in Arvernien.[5]

And Maglor took pity upon them.

Maedhros and Maglor find Elros and Elrond, by Catherine Karina Chmiel

The refugees of the Havens built many ships, with many sailing to the Isle of Balar, where Círdan and the survivors of Eglarest and Brithombar had fled. Eärendil himself built Vingilot and sailed in search of the hidden land of Valinor and seek the pardon of the Valar. However, in spite of his many journeys, Eärendil was unsuccessful. During one of his voyages, the surviving Sons of Fëanor attacked the Havens in an attempt to reclaim the Silmaril. Many were killed, but of Fëanor' Sons only Maedhros and Maglor lived. Elwing cast herself into the Sea with the Silmaril rather than surrender it, but was saved by the Vala Ulmo and sent to Eärendil. Maglor later repented his actions, raising Elros and Elrond as his foster children.[5]

Using the Silmaril, Eärendil and Elwing were able to reach Valinor and successfully plead on behalf of the Elves and Men with the Valar.[5]

Other versions of the LegendariumEdit

In one version of The Silmarillion mythology, the host of the Valar landed at the Mouths of Sirion before embarking on the War of Wrath. By the end of the War, when Elves were permitted to choose between Valinor and Middle-earth, most of the survivors of the war gathered at the Havens of Sirion and the Isle of Balar. Many Elves went to Lindon until the time of their summons to Valinor came. The Edain voyaged to the new isle of Númenor, a gift to the race of Men.


  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, V. The Tale of Years
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIII: "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"

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