Palisor was the name for the 'Midmost Region' of the 'Great Lands' of Arda (the future Middle-earth) described in The Book of Lost Tales Part One and Beren and Luthien (2017).

According to The Atlas of Middle-earth, Palisor lay between the Iron Mountains, the Misty Mountains, the Orocarni, and the Hither Lands with the Sea of Helcar in the center.[1]


Palisor was described as being the place where the Elves first awoke. It is the location of a lake named Cuiviénen, the Water of Awakening[2] It was described as a place where great pinewood forests existed and murmured with strange noises in these early days.[3] The area was long populated with Dark Elves.[4]The area would later evolve into the land of Rhûn, Rhovanion, and possibly Mordor and Khand.[1][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Introduction"
  2. Tolkien, J.R.R.. Beren and Lúthien (Kindle Location 190). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, V: "The Coming of the Elves and the Making of Kôr"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, X: "Gilfanon's Tale: The Travail of the Noldoli and the Coming of Mankind"

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