Helcar (also spelt Helkar[1]) was the name of a great tower upon which the mighty lamp Illuin sat.

History Edit

Helcar was raised by the Valar to house the northern of the Two Lamps, Illuin. It was placed in the north of Middle-earth, and together with the southern lamp Ormal lit up all of Arda. Helcar was destroyed by Melkor in an attack while the Valar rested from their labors, and collapsed with devastating consequences to the world. This ruined a great part of Middle-earth, and waters (probably from Belegaer and the eastern ocean) flowed in. Later here was formed the inland Sea of Helcar. The heat of Illuin then melted Helcar, and the meltwater of this tower formed the Sea of Helcar.[2]

Earlier versions of the legendarium Edit

In some traditions it was said that Helcar was one of the two pillars made by Melko (Melkor), not the Valar, out of ice - a substance that was not yet known to the Valar.[3]

Translations around the World Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ሐልካር
Arabic هيلكار
Armenian Հելկար
Belarusian Cyrillic Хелкар
Bengali হেলকের
Bulgarian Cyrillic Хелкар
Burmese ဟေလ္စရ္ ?
Georgian ჰელკარი
German Helkar
Greek Χελκαρ
Gujarati હેલકાર
Hebrew הלקר
Hindi हेल्कर
Japanese ヘルカール
Kannada ಹೆಲ್ಕಾರ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Һелкар
Korean 헬카
Kurdish حه‌لچار ? (Arabic script) ḧelçar ? (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Хэлкар
Laotian ຮເລຈະຣ
Macedonian Cyrillic Хелкар
Marathi हेल्कर
Mongolian Cyrillic Hэлкар
Nepalese हेल्कर
Persian حهلکار ?
Russian Хэлкар
Sanskrit हेल्चर्
Serbian Хелцар (Cyrillic) Helcar (Latin)
Sinhalese හෙල්චර්
Tajik Cyrillic Ҳелкар
Tamil ஹெல்சர்
Telugu హెల్చర
Urdu ہیلکر
Ukrainian Cyrillic Хелкар
Uzbek Ҳелкар (Cyrillic) Helkar (Latin)
Yiddish העלקאַר

References Edit

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter I: "Of the Beginning of Days"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter III: "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor"
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