Tirion, known fully as Tirion upon Túna, was the city of the Ñoldor in Valinor in Aman. It was from here that Finwë ruled, and where his sons Fëanor, Fingolfin and Finarfin lived.

J.R.R. Tolkien's original name for this city - until the final development of his many tales of the First Age, as accounted in The History of Middle-earth - was Kôr. [3]


The green hill of Túna was located in the steep-walled valley of Calacirya (translated from Quenya as "The Cleft of Light"), the only pass through the mountains of the Pelóri. Upon the crown of the hill the elves raised their largest settlement west of the sea. The walls and terraces were white, and the sand in the streets was said to be of grains of diamond, and white crystal stairs climbed from the fertile land beneath to the great gates.

The center of the city was dominated by Ingwë's tower, "Mindon Eldaliéva", whose silver lantern shone far out to sea. Beneath the tower was the house of Finwë, first High King of the Ñoldor. Here also was the Great Square, where the white tree Galathilion flourished, and later the site of Fëanor's infamous oath.[4]

After most of the Vanyar elves resettled in Valinor, the rule of Tirion was given to Finwë. Many years of bliss followed, until Tirion was shaken by the king's eldest son, Fëanor. After the murder of his father at the hands of the Dark Lord Morgoth and the theft of his most precious gems, the Silmarils, Fëanor assembled the Noldor at the Great Square, where he urged the elves to leave with him back to Middle-earth to avenge their king and reclaim the Silmarils, and to see that their lives in Tirion were simply a prison brought upon them by the Valar. In the end only a tenth of the population remained when Fëanor, his brothers and his and their children departed, though some followed their new king only reluctantly, and some would soon after follow Finarfin back to Tirion.

Nearly 600 years passed before Tirion once again appeared in the mythology. When all the kingdoms of the elves in Middle-earth were in ruins, the half-elven Eärendil (father of the famous Elrond) sailed into the west in search of Valinor to ask for the assistance of the Valar in the war against Morgoth. Eärendil arrived in Tirion on a day of festival in Valinor when the city was all but empty, and only when he had turned his back on the city and began to return a herald of the Valar approached him.

More than 3,000 years followed before Tirion was for the first time seen by mortal eyes by the soldiers of twenty-fifth and last King of Númenor, deceived by Sauron, landed in on the shores of Eldamar and camped around Túna, which the fleeing elves emptied. When the Men of Númenor were buried under falling hills, Tirion, along with all the Undying Lands, was taken out of mortal reach forever.[5]


Tirion was a Quenyan word that meant 'Watch-tower'.[6]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጢሪኦን
Arabic طيريون
Armenian Տիրիոն
Belarusian Cyrillic Тіріон
Bengali ট্ইর্ইওন্
Bulgarian Cyrillic Тирион
Chinese 提理安
Georgian ტირიონი
Gujarati ટિરિઓન્
Greek Τιριον
Hindi टिरिओन्
Kannada ಟಿರಿಯಾನ್
Kazakh Тіріон (Cyrillic) Tirion (Latin)
Korean 티리온
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Тирион
Macedonian Cyrillic Тирион
Marathi टिरियन
Mongolian Cyrillic Тирион
Nepalese टिरिओन्
Pashto طیریون
Persian تیریون
Punjabi ਟਿਰਿਯਨ
Russian Тирион
Sanskrit टिरिओन्
Serbian Тирион (Cyrillic) Tirion (Latin)
Sinhalese ටිරියන්
Tajik Cyrillic Тирион
Tamil டிரிஒந்
Telugu టిరిఒన్
Ukrainian Cyrillic Тіріон
Urdu طیریون
Uzbek Тирион (Cyrillic) Tirion (Latin)
Yiddish טיריאָן
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 First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter V: "The Coming of the Elves and the Making of Kôr"
  4. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  6. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth