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Ormal, also known as High Gold, was the southern of the two Lamps of the Valar, set on the great tower Ringol by Aulë to bring light into the world of the Valar.


After the Valar entered the world and brought order to the seas and the lands and the mountains, and subdued the fires of Melkor, there was a need for light. Aulë at the prayer of Yavanna forged two mighty lamps, Illuin and Ormal. Varda filled the lamps with light and Manwë hallowed them, and the Valar set them up on high pillars, Illuin in the furthest north upon the pillar of Helcar, Ormal in the deepest south upon the pillar of Ringol. In the middle of Arda, where the light of the lamps mingled, amid the Great Lake lay the Isle of Almaren, where the Valar dwelt.[1]

Later the pillars were cast down and their lamps broken by Melkor. Lands were broken and seas arose in tumult, destroying flame from the broken lamps poured out over the Earth, marring it, and the Valar fled Middle-earth for Valinor.[1] At the site where Illuin fell the inland Sea of Helcar was formed, of which Cuiviénen was a bay.

Other Versions of the LegendariumEdit

It is also told in the Book of Lost Tales that Melkor was asked to make the lamps, but he made out of ice and he wrenched them down.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዖርማል
Arabic أرمال
Armenian Որմալ
Belerusian Cyrillic Ормал
Bengali ওর্মাল
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ормал
Dari ورمال
Georgian ორმალ
Greek Ορμαλ
Gujarati ઑર્મલ
Hebrew ורמאל
Hindi ॐर्मल
Kannada ಓರ್ಮಲ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Ормал
Kurdish ۆرمال (Arabic script) Ormal (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Ормал
Laotian ອrມະຣ ?
Macedonian Cyrillic Ормал
Marathi ॐर्मल
Mongolian Cyrillic Ормал
Nepalese ॐर्मल
Persian ورمال
Punjabi ਓਰ੍ਮਲ
Russian Ормал
Sanskrit ॐर्मल्
Serbian ормал (Cyrillic) Ormal (Latin)
Sinhalese ඕර්මල්
Tajik Cyrillic Ормал
Tamil ஓர்மல்
Telugu ఓర్మల
Thai โรมะล
Tibetan ? ཽརྨལ
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ормал
Urdu ورمال
Uyghur ورمال
Uzbek Ормал (Cyrillic) Ormal (Latin)
Yiddish אָרמאַל


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter I: "Of the Beginning of Days"

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