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The Sea of Helcar as depicted in David Day’s An Atlas of Tolkien

The Sea of Helcar (also spelled Helkar) was a great inland sea existing during the First Age.[1]

In the beginning of Arda, the Valar created the Two Lamps. Due to Melkor's deceit these were destroyed, and where Helcar, the northern Lamp stood a great inland sea was formed, which was named the Sea of Helcar after the tower on which the northern lamp had stood.

The Awakening of the Elves was at Cuiviénen, a gulf in the Sea of Helcar, and during the Great Journey they passed to the north of it through Wilderland on their way to Beleriand.

After the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age, the Sea of Helcar was drained through the Great Gulf and disappeared from existence.

Behind the scenes

Christopher Tolkien and others have speculated that the Sea of Rhûn might " identified with the Sea of Helcar, vastly shrunken" (The War of the Jewels, pg. 174). In The Atlas of Middle-earth, Karen Wynn Fonstad assumed that the lands of Mordor, Khand, and Rhûn lay where the Sea of Helcar had been, and that the Sea of Rhûn and Sea of Núrnen were its remnants. In The Peoples of Middle-earth there are references to the Sea of Rhûn existing in the First Age, but no indication of whether it should be equated with the Sea of Helcar.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans See van Helkar
Albanian Deti i Helkarut
Arabic بحر هلكار
Basque Helcar itsasoa
Belarusian Cyrillic Мора Hелкар
Bengali হেলকার সমুদ্র
Bosnian Helcarsko more
Breton Mor Helcar
Catalan Mar d'Helcar
Chinese 赫爾卡內海
Croatian Helcarsko more
Czech Helcarské moře
Danish Helkarhavet
Esperanto Maro de Helkar
Estonian Helkari meri
Finnish Helcar meri
Frisian See fan Helcar
Galician Mar de Helcar
Hebrew הלקאר ים
Hindi हेलकार का समुद्र
Icelandic Helcarshaf
Indonesian Laut Helcar
Irish Gaelic Muir Helcar
Kannada ಹೆಲ್ಕಾರ್ ಸಮುದ್ರ
Kazakh Һелкар теңізі (Cyrillic) Helkar teñizi (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Hэлкар деңизи
Latin Mare Helcar
Latvian Helkar jūra
Lithuanian Helkaro jūros
Macedonian Cyrillic Море на Хелкар
Malaysian Laut Helcar
Manx Mooir Helkar
Marathi हेलकार सागर
Mongolian Cyrillic Hелкар тэнгис
Norwegian Helcarhavet
Old English Helcar Mere
Polish Morze Helkar
Portuguese Mar de Helcar
Punjabi ਹੈਲਕਰ ਸਮੁੰਦਰ
Romanian Marea Helcar
Russian Море Хэлкар
Scots Sea o Helcar
Scottish Gaelic Muir Helcar
Slovak More Helcar
Slovenian Helcareško morje
Somalian Badda Helcar
Spanish Mar de Helcar
Swahili Bahari ya Helcar
Swedish Helcarhavet
Tajik Cyrillic Баҳри Ҳелкар
Telugu హెల్కార్ యొక్క సముద్రం
Thai ทะเลเฮลคาร์
Turkish Helcar Denizi
Turkmen Helcar Deňiz
Ukrainian Cyrillic Гелкарьке море
Uzbek Ҳелкар денгизи (Cyrillic) Helkar dengizi (Latin)
Vietnamese Biển Helcar
Welsh Môr Helcar
Yiddish ים פון העלקאַר

Seas of Arda

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