The Isle of Balar was an island located about seventy-five miles off the southern coast of Beleriand in the great Bay of Balar, known for being a refuge and gathering point of Eldar and Edain during the First Age of Middle-earth.[1]


The Isle may have been, according to legend, the northern tip of Tol Eressëa which had broken off when Ulmo ferried the Eldar to Aman. Before the Dagor Bragollach, Turgon of Gondolin had prepared and organized an outpost there for which he sent ships filled with messengers to Aman, to pled for aid from the Valar but none save for the elf, Voronwë, who was saved by Ulmo ever returned to Middle-earth.

When the Falas was destroyed, the Isle of Balar became a refugee camp for the survivors of the Havens of the Falas which were headed by Círdan. The camps on Balar maintained close contact with the refugee camp in Arvernien headed by the half-elf, Eärendil. It was on Balar that Círdan helped Eärendil build the ship Vingilotë, with which later he sought for Valinor, to ask for the pardon of the Valar and help against Morgoth.

During the War of Wrath, many Sindar and some Ñoldor were still camped at the Isle of Balar, and after the war, some survivors were gathered there given the fact that they could not return to they homes in the Beleriand. From Balar many elves went to Lindon until the elves were summoned to return to Valinor and the Edain to the newly raised isle of Númenor. Sometime after SA 32, the Isle of Balar eventually fell beneath the Belegaer becoming one the Lands Under the Wave.

It had also been a place where many pearls could be found off its shores.[2]

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Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Belarusian Востраў Балар
Czech Ostrůvek Balar
Dutch Eiland Balar
Italian Isola di Balar
Serbian Исле оф балар (Cyrillic) Ostrvo Balar (Latinised)
Spanish Isla de Balar
Ukrainian Острів Балар ?
Welsh Ynys Balar
Yiddish ייל פון באַלאַר


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth