Because of its cultural and spiritual importance to the Elves, the Grey Havens in time became the primary Elven settlement west of the Misty Mountains prior to the establishment of Eregion and, later, Rivendell. Even after the death of Gil-galad and as the Elves dwindled in numbers by the year, the Grey Havens remained a major Elven settlement and the main departure point of Elven ships to Aman.
It was frequently visited from the west by the Númenóreans. In SA 1700, Tar-Minastir sent great fleets from Númenor to the Havens, driving back the forces of Sauron that had been besieging them in the War of the Elves and Sauron.
After the defeat of Sauron and the coronation of Aragorn II Elessar, Gandalf, Galadriel, and Elrond left for Valinor from the Grey Havens. The Ring-bearers Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins accompanied them. Years later, Samwise Gamgee did likewise, himself being a Ring-bearer (although briefly).
The Grey Havens still existed into the Fourth Age under Círdan, but its population declined along with the Elven presence in Middle-earth generally. It is unclear just what the Fate of the Elves of Middle-earth was in the early Fourth Age and how long Círdan or his remaining folk dwelled at the Havens and continued to build the great ships that carried the Elves to the Blessed Realm.
Portrayal in adaptations
In the film adaptation of The Return of the King, the Grey Havens makes an appearance in the last major scene. The port city is built on a large natural bay, and its design is quite different to that of Rivendell and Lothlorien, but it is still recognisably Elvish. Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo, and the other hobbits arrive at the city and encounter the high elves. Elrond, Celeborn, and Galadriel bid farewell to them and board the last ship. As Bilbo joins Elrond, Gandalf and Frodo then say their goodbyes to the remaining hobbits. The two of them board the ship and depart from Middle-Earth, returning to the Undying Lands.
- The Campaigns of The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II feature the Grey Havens as a potential battleground between the Elves and Goblins. In the Good campaign, Glorfindel and Gloin heroically lead an army of Elves to fend off the Corsairs of Umbar and Goblins invading the shoreline, with help from the Dwarves later on. This signals the end of any significant Goblin attacks. The Evil Campaign features Gorkil the Goblin King with his army of Goblins and Corsairs destroying Mithlond once and for all.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||Шэрыя Гавані|
|Bengali||ধূসর স্বর্গ ?|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||Сивите убежища|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||灰海岸|
|Cornish||Harbers Glas ?|
|Dutch||De Grijze Havens|
|French||Les Havres Gris|
|German||Die Grauen Anfurten|
|Gujarati||ગ્રેય હ વેન્સ|
|Haitian Creole||Refij Gri ?|
|Hindi||ग्रे वाले देश|
|Irish Gaelic||Tearmainn Liath|
|Kazakh||Сұр баспана (Cyrillic) Sur baspana (Latin)|
|Kurdish||Behiştên Gewr (Kurmanji)|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||Грэй Hавэнс|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||Греy Хавенс|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||саарал хоргодох|
|Punjabi||ਸਲੇਟੀ ਸਵਰਗ ?|
|Samoan||Lanu efuefu Ava Matagofie|
|Scottish Gaelic||Glas Chalaidhean|
|Serbian||Греи Хавенс (Cyrillic) Grei Havens (Latin)|
|Tajik Cyrillic||Греy Ҳавенс|
|Turkmen||Çal Halas ?|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||сірі Гавані|
|Urdu||گرے پناہ گاہیں|
|Uzbek||Кулранг Бандаргоҳлар (Cyrillic) Kulrang Bandargohlar (Latin)|
|Vietnamese||Nơi trú ẩn màu xám|
Forests & Mountains:
The rest of Arda:
- The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
- The Atlas of Middle-earth, Thematic Maps, "Population"
- The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Voyages of the Númenóreans"
- The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
- The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
- The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter IX: "The Grey Havens"
- The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "Later Events concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
- Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien