The Undying Lands were a realm inhabited by Ainur and Elves. The area included the continent of Aman and the island of Tol Eressëa. The ocean Belegaer separated the Undying Lands from the western shores of Middle-earth.
Eldar days and Second Age
Originally, mortals were allowed to trade with those from Valinor in the Undying Lands, but were forbidden to sail west beyond the sight of Númenor. However, in SA 3319 (Second Age), the treacherous Sauron deceived Ar-Pharazôn, the last King of Númenor, to believe that the ruler of the Undying Lands would be granted immortality and persuaded him that this was man's right and he had but to claim it. To prevent the king's invasion, Ilúvatar destroyed Númenor beneath the ocean and set the Undying Lands forever beyond the reach of mortal Men. Elves were still permitted to sail across the sea to the Undying Lands, if they chose to (which most did).
In TA 3021 (Third Age), Círdan the Shipwright accompanied Elrond, Galadriel, and Gandalf, the Keepers of the Rings, on a voyage to the Undying Lands, where they intended to remain. They were also joined by Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, Hobbits who were among the very few mortal beings to be allowed passage to the Undying Lands.
- In his novels, J.R.R. Tolkien made a point of establishing that mortals remain mortal, even if they are permitted to enter the Undying Lands (excepting Tuor, who, according to tradition, was allowed by Eru to join the Elves and became immortal as they are.)
Places of Aman
Regions of the Valar:
Mountains & Passes:
Bodies of Water:
- ↑ The Silmarillion
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings