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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 were high and steep but presumably not dangerous. The pass itself was somewhat narrow, but wide enough to contain a large hill and a small stream.

The city of Tirion was set on the hill of Túna, which was in the Calacirya, but close to the light of Valinor.[1]


Before the pass was created, there was no way to get into Valinor due to the Pelóri blocking the way. When the Quendi began their journey westward towards Valinor, the Valar opened a narrow pass in the great mountains. Despite preferring to close the way, they realised that the Elves, even the Vanyar, needed to be able to breath the outside air, and so kept Calacirya open.

The Ñoldor and Vanyar entered and resided in the city of Tirion, which was set in the middle of the pass. The Teleri did not leave the island of Tol Eressëa until much later; even then, they did not enter Valinor, but stayed on the eastern coast of Aman under the afternoon shadow of the Pelóri in a city named Alqualondë.[2][3]


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


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ካላካሪያ
Arabic كالاسيريا
Armenian Կալակիրյա
Belarusian Cyrillic Калакірыа
Bengali চালাচির্যা
Bulgarian Cyrillic Калакирия
Danish Kalakirja (Lyskløften)
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
Thai คาลาเคียร์ยา
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