It was built in a natural harbor made of rock on the eastern shores of Aman. Other than the great harbor it also housed the Tower of Olwë. The city was decorated with pearls which the Teleri found in the seas, and jewels which they obtained from the Ñoldor. Until the Kinslaying, the city was one of the most peaceful and tranquil places in all of Aman- truly synonymous with elven bliss. It was always alive with song from the fair voices of the Teleri, and after Valinor became silent with the death of the Two Trees, the only good sounds that could still be heard were coming from this fair coastal haven.
The city was walled, and the entrance to the harbor had an arch of "living stone".
The Teleri under Olwë crossed the Sea and initially settled on Tol Eressëa. However, after being drawn by the light, the Teleri abandoned Eressëa. In YT 1161, the construction of Alqualondë began by the Teleri, and the Ñoldor under Finwë assisted them, strengthening their friendship.
In YT 1495, Fëanor son of Finwë rebelled against the Valar and led his household into exile. Accompanied by the the House of Fingolfin and House of Finarfin, they came upon Alqualondë, and Fëanor demanded the swan-ships of the Falmari. Olwë refused, thus the Kinslaying at Alqualondë commenced, and Fëanor and his seven sons stole the ships and killed many of the Falmari.
Earlier versions of the legendarium
In earlier versions, the founding of Alqualondë was written as Valian Year 2111, which was likely changed, as the Teleri arrived during the Years of the Trees. Elsewhere, it was originally told that Arakáno, youngest son of Fingolfin, died at the first Kinslaying. This was later corrected by Christopher Tolkien, who made it that Arakáno died at the Battle of the Lammoth instead.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||澳闊隆迪|
|Kazakh||Алқұалонде (Cyrillic) Alqualonde (Latin)|
|Serbian||Алкуалонде (Cyrillic) Alqualonde (Latin)|
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. X: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
- The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "The Flight of the Ñoldor"
- The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Ñoldor"
- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
- The Silmarillion, Index of Names
- The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. V: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Two: "Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings"
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Notes