Ilmarin was the mansion of Manwe and Varda, and was located at the peak of Taniquetil. It was a domed, marble watchtower from which Manwë and Varda could watch all of Arda.[1] Manwë's followers, the spirits that took the forms of hawks and Great Eagles often came here to deliver news.[2]

A feast was taking place in Ilmarin when Melkor came to destroy the Two Trees of Valinor.[3][4]


The name Ilmarin means "Mansion of the High Airs" in Quenya.[5] It is related to the names Ilmarë and Ilmen, according to Christopher Tolkien.[6]

In Song

In Bilbo Baggins's Song of Eärendil, Ilmarin was mentioned as the "Hill of Ilmarin", though it referred more to Taniquetil than the tower itself.[7][8]

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 History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, Ainulindalë
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 4: The Shaping of Middle-earth, II: "The Earliest 'Silmarillion'"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter VIII: "Of the Darkening of Valinor"
  5. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  6. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 7: The Treason of Isengard, V: "Bilbo's Song at Rivendell: Errantry and Eärendillinwë"
  8. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter I: "Many Meetings"
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