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Before the time of the [[Two Trees]] of [[Valinor]], and even before the [[Valar]] came to [[Valinor]], they dwelt on the green island of Almaren in the [[Great Lake]]. In the mists of time, long before the awakening of [[Elves]] or [[Men]], the [[Valar]] dwelt east of the Sea in [[Middle-earth]]. This was a time called the [[Spring of Arda]], when [[Arda]] was lit by the two Lamps of the [[Valar]], and Almaren lay in the central regions of the World, where the light of the two Lamps mingled.
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The Isle of '''Almaren''' lay in the midst of the [[Great Lake]] in the center of [[Middle-earth]] when all the lands and seas were symmetrical, and thus the island was the midmost point of all [[Arda]].
  
Of the details of Almaren we know little: there was green grass on the island, and the [[Valar]] had a 'dwelling' there, which presumably constituted a city, or at least a town. In the history of the [[Valar]], Almaren was known as the place where Tulkas wed Nessa.  
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==History==
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In the 1,500th Valian year since the coming of many of the [[Valar]] to Arda, another Vala came to the aid of [[Manwë]].  This was [[Tulkas]] the Strong who caused [[Melkor]] to abandon Middle-earth.<ref name="Annal">{{MR|P2a}}</ref>  In the peace that followed the Valar were able to bring order to the seas and lands,<ref>{{S|Days}}</ref> and it may have been that Almaren was created at that time.
  
Of much greater importance, though, is the fact that Almaren was the site of the [[Valar]]'s first major defeat at the hands of [[Melkor]]: he loosed his forces secretly from his northern fortress of [[Utumno]] (then newly delved). Both the Lamps of the [[Valar]] were thrown down and destroyed, and Almaren lay in ruins. [[Tulkas]] gave chase, but [[Melkor]] escaped into the dungeons of [[Utumno]].  
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By the Valian year 1,900 [[Aulë]] had wrought the [[Two Lamps]], [[Illuin]] and [[Ormal]], and [[Varda]] had given them hallowed fire that lit Arda and brought living things to life.  Almaren certainly did exist by this time, for being between the Two Lamps all things grew richest and fairest upon the island and the Valar made their dwelling there (though they were often abroad upon their business).
  
After this, the [[Valar]] left [[Middle-earth]] and seldom returned. They founded a new land far away to the west, in [[Aman]], that they called [[Valinor]]; a land lit by the fabled light of the [[Two Trees of Valinor|Two Trees]].  
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When at last the Valar were content Manwë ordained a great feast upon the isle in the Valian year 3,400.  At the feast Tulkas wed Nessa and then slept, for he was weary with his labors in the ordering of Arda.  Seeing his chance, Melkor and his host surmounted the [[Walls of Night]] and began the delving of [[Utumno]] in the north.  His coming marred the [[Spring of Arda]], turning many living things sick, rotted, or corrupted.  The Valar then knew that Melkor was returned but did not know his hiding-place.
  
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In the year 3,450 Melkor came forth in war and cast down the Two Lamps.  Their destruction broke the lands and roiled the seas.  The dwelling of the Valar upon Almaren was utterly destroyed and the island and the Great Lake disappeared in the tumult.<ref name="Annal"/>
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Latest revision as of 18:30, 13 June 2012

Almaren
Physical Description
TypeIsland
LocationIn the center of the Great Lake in early, symmetrical Middle-earth
InhabitantsValar
DescriptionLarge green island, fairest land during the Years of the Lamps
General Information
Other namesIsle of Almaren
EventsWedding of Tulkas and Nessa

The Isle of Almaren lay in the midst of the Great Lake in the center of Middle-earth when all the lands and seas were symmetrical, and thus the island was the midmost point of all Arda.

[edit] History

In the 1,500th Valian year since the coming of many of the Valar to Arda, another Vala came to the aid of Manwë. This was Tulkas the Strong who caused Melkor to abandon Middle-earth.[1] In the peace that followed the Valar were able to bring order to the seas and lands,[2] and it may have been that Almaren was created at that time.

By the Valian year 1,900 Aulë had wrought the Two Lamps, Illuin and Ormal, and Varda had given them hallowed fire that lit Arda and brought living things to life. Almaren certainly did exist by this time, for being between the Two Lamps all things grew richest and fairest upon the island and the Valar made their dwelling there (though they were often abroad upon their business).

When at last the Valar were content Manwë ordained a great feast upon the isle in the Valian year 3,400. At the feast Tulkas wed Nessa and then slept, for he was weary with his labors in the ordering of Arda. Seeing his chance, Melkor and his host surmounted the Walls of Night and began the delving of Utumno in the north. His coming marred the Spring of Arda, turning many living things sick, rotted, or corrupted. The Valar then knew that Melkor was returned but did not know his hiding-place.

In the year 3,450 Melkor came forth in war and cast down the Two Lamps. Their destruction broke the lands and roiled the seas. The dwelling of the Valar upon Almaren was utterly destroyed and the island and the Great Lake disappeared in the tumult.[1]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: First section of the Annals of Aman"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"


Ainur
Valar
Lords:  Manwë · Ulmo · Aulë · Oromë · Mandos · Irmo · Tulkas
Queens:  Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa
Former:  Melkor
Associated Maiar
Manwë Eönwë · Olórin Varda Ilmarë · Olórin · Arien
Ulmo Ossë · Uinen · Salmar Yavanna Aiwendil
Aulë Mairon · Curumo Estë Melian
Oromë Tilion · Alatar · Pallando Vána
Other Maiar
Balrogs Gothmog · Durin's Bane · Lungorthin
Wizards Saruman · Gandalf · Radagast · Blue Wizards (Rómestámo · Morinehtar)
Topics
Music · Valarin · Almaren · Valinor · Valmar · Second Music