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Alqualondë, also known as Haven of the Swans or simply the Haven, was the chief city of the Falmari Elves on the shores of Aman.

Description Edit

Location of Alqualondë

The location of Alqualondë

This city was north and east of Tirion, between the Calacirya and Araman in northern Eldamar.[2]

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.[3]

The city was walled, and the entrance to the harbor had an arch of "living stone".[4]

History Edit

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.[1]

In YT 1495, Fëanor son of Finwë rebelled against the Valar and led his household in 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. Thus, the Kinslaying at Alqualondë commenced, and Fëanor and his seven sons stole the ships and killed many of the Falmari.[5]

In the last years of the First Age, Earendil and Elwing arrived in the Havens, and Elwing was befriended by the Teleri who listened to her tales of griefs in Beleriand.[6]

Etymology Edit

Alqualondë means "Haven of the Swans"[7] from the Quenya words alqua ("swan") and londë ("land-locked haven").[8]

Earlier versions of the legendarium Edit

In earlier versions, the founding of Alqualondë was written as Valian Year 2111[9], 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 Lhammoth instead.[10]

The first mentions in Tolkien's writings of Alqualondë and the Kinslaying are given in the seventh chapter of The Book of Lost Tales Part One.

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic الكوالوندي
Armenian Ալկվալոնդե
Belarusian Cyrillic Альквалондэ
Bengali আলকুলদে
Bulgarian Cyrillic Алкуалонде
Chinese (Hong Kong) 澳闊隆迪
Georgian ალქუალონდე
Greek Άλκουαλόντε
Gujarati અલક્લૉલ્ડે
Hebrew אלקולונדה
Hindi अल्क़ुअलोन्द्ऐ
Hungarian Hattyúk Kikötője
Japanese アルクウァロンデ
Kannada ಆಲ್ಕಲಾಂಡ್
Kazakh Алқұалонде (Cyrillic) Alqualonde (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Алqуалондэ
Macedonian Cyrillic Алqуалонде
Marathi आल्क्लॉंड
Mongolian Cyrillic Алqуалондэ
Nepalese आल्क़ुअलोन्दे
Persian آلکوالونده
Punjabi ਅਲਕਲੋਂਡ
Russian Альквалондэ
Sinhalese ආලැඋඅලොඳෙ ?
Serbian Алкуалонде (Cyrillic) Alqualonde (Latin)
Tajik Cyrillic Алқуалонде
Tamil அழகுஅலண்டே
Telugu అలుక్కుల్లోనుండి
Thai องนครอัลควาลอนเด
Ukrainian Cyrillic Альквалонде
Urdu القولوندی
Yiddish אַלקוואַלאָנדע
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
ValmarTirionFormenosAvallonëAlqualondëKortirionTavrobel
Other Places
Cottage of Lost PlayMindon EldaliévaGalathilionHouse of the Hundred ChimneysTower of AvallónëTower of TavrobelIlmarinBridge of TavrobelEzellohar


References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. X: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter V: "Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "The Flight of the Ñoldor"
  4. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Valinor"
  5. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter IX: "Of the Flight of the Ñoldor"
  6. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  7. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  8. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  9. 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"
  10. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Notes
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