Kôrtirion was the principal city of Tol Eressëa.

The city is located on a great hill at the very center of the island in the province/region of Alalminórë, the 'Land of Elms'. The Cottage of Lost Play is located somewhere outside of the city.[1]


The city was probably built after the Teleri were already well established on the island and familiar with it, and it is possibly that they received some help from the Ñoldor as they were great builders.[2]


The name possibly means something like 'Great Watch-tower hill', 'Watch-tower hill', or 'mighty tower, a city on a hill'. Sources compiled from examples at: [3][4][5]


Kôrtirion was not described or mentioned in The Silmarillion. It was only documented in The Book of Lost Tales, Part one and mapped out by Karen Wynn Fonstad in her atlas of Middle-earth. It was also mentioned in both the poem and song: Kortirion among the Trees and Kôr.[6]

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 the Hundred ChimneysTower of AvallónëTower of TavrobelIlmarinBridge of TavrobelEzellohar


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Introduction"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Noldor", Fëanor said that the Ñoldor helped carve out the haven of Alqualondë so if that were true for that city, it is possible that it could be true for Kôrtirion
  3. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  4. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, I: "The Cottage of Lost Play"

  • Kortirion redirected to Tol Eressëa but mentioned there