Calacirya, also known as the Pass of Light, was a narrow pass that led through the chain of mountains known as the Pelóri, north of Taniquetil.

The walls of the mountain pass are high and steep but presumably not dangerous. The pass itself is somewhat narrow, but wide enough to have a large hill within it and a small stream.

The city of Tirion was set on the hill of Túna, which is between the Calacirya closest to the light of Valinor.[1]

History Edit

Before the pass was created, there was no way to get into Valinor but when the Quendi began their journey westward towards the Blessed Realm, they eventually were not able to enter due to The Pelóri blocking the way, so the Valar opened a narrow pass in the great mountains. The Valar would have preferred to closed the mountains entirely but, realizing that the elves, even the Vanyar, needed to be able to breath the outside air, they kept Calacirya open.

They also did not want to wholly separate the Vanyar and Ñoldor from the Teleri on the coast. The Valar then opened the pass in the side of The Pelóri and the Noldor and Vanyar entered and resided in the city of Tirion, which is set right in the middle of the pass. The Teleri did not leave the island of Tol Eressëa until much later and even then, they did not enter Valinor but stayed rather on the eastern coast of Aman under the afternoon shadow of The Pelóri in a city named Alqualondë.[2][3]


Calacirya is a Quenyan word that meant 'Cleft of Light'. Earlier forms of the word were 'Kalakirya' and 'Kalakilya'. Later forms were and 'Kalakiryan' and 'Calaciryan'. [4]

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ካላካሪያ
Arabic كالاسيريا
Armenian Կալակիրյա
Belarusian Cyrillic Калакірыа
Bengali চালাচির্যা
Bulgarian Cyrillic Калакирия
Georgian ქალაქირyა
Greek Καλακιρυα
Gujarati ચલચિર્ય
Hebrew קלקיריה
Hindi कलाकिरया
Kannada ಕ್ಯಾಲಸಿರಿಯಾ
Kazakh Калакірйа (Cyrillic) Kalakirya (Latin)
Korean 칼라시 리아
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Калакиря
Macedonian Cyrillic Калакирyа
Marathi कलाकिर्य
Mongolian Cyrillic Калакирыа
Nepalese कालकिर्या
Pashto چالاچیریا
Persian چالاچیریا
Russian Калакирия
Sanskrit कलकिर्य
Serbian Калакириа (Cyrillic) Kalakiria (Latin)
Sinhalese කැලසිරියා
Tajik Cyrillic Калакирyа
Tamil காலாசிரிய
Telugu కలసిరియా
Ukrainian Cyrillic Калакіриа
Urdu چالاچیریا
Uzbek Калакиря (Cyrillic) Kalakirya (Latin)
Yiddish קאַלאַסיריאַ
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
Other Places
Cottage of Lost PlayMindon EldaliévaGalathilionHouse of the Hundred ChimneysTower of AvallónëTower of TavrobelIlmarinBridge of TavrobelEzellohar


  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 Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XI: "Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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