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Eärendil searches Tirion, by Ted Nasmith

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


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 elves. Here also was the Great Square, where the white tree Galathilion flourished, and later the site of Fëanor's infamous oath.[1]

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 appears in the mythology. When all the kingdoms of the elves in Middle-earth were in ruins, the half-elf 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.[2]

Earlier versions of the legendariumEdit

In the early versions of Tolkien's mythology (see: The History of Middle-earth), the city was called Kôr.[3]


Tirion was a Quenyan word that meant 'Watch-tower'.[4]

Places of Aman

Aman Locations:

Regions of the Valar:

Woods of Oromë | Pastures of Yavanna | Halls of Mandos | Halls of Nienna | Gardens of Lòrien | Wells of Varda | House of Tulkas | Máhanaxar | Two Trees

Other Regions:

Valinor | Eldamar | Tol Eressëa | Undying Lands | Alalminórë | Enchanted Isles | Araman | Avathar | Plain of Valinor | Haerast | Oiomurë

Mountains & Passes:

Pelóri | Túna | Taniquetil | Calacirya | Hyarmentir | Caves of the Forgotten

Bodies of Water:

Bay of Eldamar | Lórellin | Shadowy Seas | Híri | Sirnúmen


Valmar | Tirion | Formenos | Avallonë | Alqualondë | Kortirion | Tavrobel


Cottage of Lost Play | Mindon Eldaliéva | Galathilion | House of Hundred Chimneys | Tower of Avallónë | Tower of Tavrobel | Ilmarin | Bridge of Tavrobel | Ezellohar


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  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 Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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