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==Description==
 
==Description==
The city was built in a natural harbour made of rock, and was also walled. Other than the great harbours it also housed the [[Tower of Olwë]]. The city was covered with the pearls the Elves had found in the sea and jewels which they obtained from the [[Noldor]]. The famed swanships were moored here.
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The city was built in a natural harbour made of rock, and was also walled. Its entrance was a natural arch. Other than the great harbours it also housed the [[Tower of Olwë]]. The city was covered with the pearls the Elves had found in the sea and jewels which they obtained from the [[Noldor]]. The famed swanships with golden beaks and eyes of jet were moored here.<ref>{{S|Eldamar}}</ref>
 
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{{quote|Many jewels the Noldor gave them, opals and diamonds and pale crystals, which they strewed upon the shores and scattered in the pools; marvelous were the beaches of Elende in those days. And many pearls they won for themselves from the sea; and their halls were of pearl, and of pearl were the mansions of Olwe at Alqualonde, the Haven of the Swans, lit with many lamps. For that was their city, and the Haven of their ships; and those were made in likeliness of swans, with the beaks of gold and eyes of gold and jet.|''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië]]}}
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==History==
 
==History==
Alqualondë is perhaps best known as the site of the [[First Kinslaying]] recounted in ''[[The Silmarillion]]''.
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[[File:Ted Nasmith - Alqualondë.jpg|thumb|left|The First Kinslaying]]
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Alqualondë was built by the [[Falmari]] when they came to [[Aman]]. Its lord was [[Olwe]].
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When [[Feanor]] rebelled against the well of the [[Valar]], he went to the shores of Aman seeking for a way to reach [[Middle-earth]] and demanded the use of the Telerin ships. The Teleri however refused and resisted when Feanor ordered the [[Noldor]] to take them by force. A battle broke out, the [[First Kinslaying]], in which many Teleri were slain, for they were armed with mere hunting bows, against the fully armed Noldor. They also attempted to block the harbor. The battle was joined by [[Fingon]] and [[Fingolfin]], only because they thought that the Teleri had attacked the Noldor.
  
 
==Inhabitants==
 
==Inhabitants==

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Thomas Rouillard - Alqualonde.jpg
Alqualondë
Physical Description
TypeCity
LocationBeside Belegaer, between the Calacirya and Araman
RealmsOlwë and his people
InhabitantsFalmari
DescriptionSeaside city of pearl and mother-of-pearl
General Information
EtymologyQ. alqua "swan" + londë "harbor, haven"
EventsFirst Kinslaying

Alqualondë (Q, pron. [ˌalkʷaˈlonde]), the Swanhaven, was the chief city of the Falmari on the shores of Valinor. The city is said to be north and east of Tirion between the Calacirya and Araman in northern Eldamar.

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Description

The city was built in a natural harbour made of rock, and was also walled. Its entrance was a natural arch. Other than the great harbours it also housed the Tower of Olwë. The city was covered with the pearls the Elves had found in the sea and jewels which they obtained from the Noldor. The famed swanships with golden beaks and eyes of jet were moored here.[1]

History

The First Kinslaying

Alqualondë was built by the Falmari when they came to Aman. Its lord was Olwe.

When Feanor rebelled against the well of the Valar, he went to the shores of Aman seeking for a way to reach Middle-earth and demanded the use of the Telerin ships. The Teleri however refused and resisted when Feanor ordered the Noldor to take them by force. A battle broke out, the First Kinslaying, in which many Teleri were slain, for they were armed with mere hunting bows, against the fully armed Noldor. They also attempted to block the harbor. The battle was joined by Fingon and Fingolfin, only because they thought that the Teleri had attacked the Noldor.

Inhabitants

Etymology

Alqualondë means "Swanhaven" in Quenya (from alqua = "swan", londë = "harbor, haven").


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