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Valmar otherwise known as the City of Bells, and as Valimar, was the dwelling place of the Valar and their Maiar servants in Valinor, on the continent of Aman.



According to The Atlas of Middle-earth, Valmar was on the Girdle of Arda, west of Taniquetil.[1]


The city was built on the great Plain of Valinor beyond the shield of the Pelóri, gated with great golden gates. It had gold domes, and streets paved with silver. Before the city's western gate lay the mound of Ezellohar, on which stood the Two Trees, and Máhanaxar, the Ring of Doom, were outside Valmar. Valmar is generally considered the capital of Valinor, as it was there that the Valar congregated.[2][3][4]


After being released from prison, Melkor lived here for a time as he could not leave the city due to the Valar's mistrust of him.


Valmar was a Quenya word that meant 'Valar-home'.[4]

Notes Edit

  • Tolkien may have based Valmar off of the City of Heaven, from the christian religion, as the cities structures, streets and gates are very similar towards the structures, streets and gates mentioned of the city of heaven in the bible.


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Introduction"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter I: "Of the Beginning of Days"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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