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Alqualondë

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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
ReferencesThe Silmarillion

Alqualondë 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. 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.

History

Alqualondë is perhaps best known as the site of the First Kinslaying recounted in The Silmarillion.

Inhabitants

Etymology

Alqualondë means "Swanhaven" in Quenya (from alqua = "swan", londë = "harbor, haven"). The Sindarin equivalent would be Alflond.