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'''Avallónë''' ('Haven near Valinor') was a city on the island of [[Tol Eressëa]], the Haven of the [[Eldar]]. It was founded by the [[Teleri]] during their long stay there. Before moving north on the beaches of [[Valinor]], to escape the light of the trees so they could see the stars.
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After the fall of [[Númenor]], Avallónë became the port of arrival for ships that took the [[Straight Road]].
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[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] was apparently evoking the island of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalon Avalon] in the legend of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Arthur King Arthur], although the form ''Avallónë'' also has the meaning "Near Valinor" in [[Elvish]].{{Clarify}}
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'''Avallónë''' was a city and seaport on the island of [[Tol Eressëa]].  Its name indicated that it was the city nearest to [[Valinor]] and the tower of Avallónë was the first sight that a mariner beheld as he approached the [[Undying Lands]]. Besides its tower the city was described as white-shining with a great harbor.<ref name="Akallabeth">{{S|Akallabeth}}</ref>
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==History==
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After the [[War of Wrath]] and the downfall of [[Morgoth]] the [[Valar]] summoned the [[Eldar]] to return to the West. Not all obeyed this new summons but those who did dwelt on Tol Eressëa.
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In the [[Second Age]] some of the Men of [[Númenor]], those most far-sighted, could see Avallónë from the summit of the [[Meneltarma]] or from a tall ship that lay off the western coast as far as was lawful to go.  Some thought this far off vision was of Valinor itself but the wise knew it was but Avallónë.  While the [[Númenóreans]] respected the [[Ban of the Valar]] many elves would sail to Númenor; they brought birds, flower, and herbs to the land.
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The sight of Avallónë beyond their reach helped to kindle resentment in the hearts of the Númenóreans against the Ban.  As the people of the island turned against the Valar the visits of the Eldar became few and only made in secret to the [[Faithful]].  By the reign of [[Tar-Palantir]] the city of Avallónë was veiled in cloud.<ref name="Akallabeth"/>
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After the [[Downfall of Númenor]], the island of Tol Eressëa with Avallónë and the Undying Lands beyond were removed from the world.  Yet in the towers of the [[Emyn Beraid]] was kept the [[Elostirion-stone|Palantir of Elostirion]], which allowed the Elves to see the Tower of Avallónë, where the [[Master-stone]] abode.<ref>{{S|Rings}}</ref>
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==Inspiration==
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[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] was apparently evoking the island of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalon Avalon] in the legend of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Arthur King Arthur].
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Avallónë
Physical Description
TypeCity and seaport
LocationTol Eressëa
InhabitantsEldar
DescriptionIsland seaport with a great tower and harbor
General Information
Other namesHaven of the Eldar[1]

Avallónë was a city and seaport on the island of Tol Eressëa. Its name indicated that it was the city nearest to Valinor and the tower of Avallónë was the first sight that a mariner beheld as he approached the Undying Lands. Besides its tower the city was described as white-shining with a great harbor.[2]

History

After the War of Wrath and the downfall of Morgoth the Valar summoned the Eldar to return to the West. Not all obeyed this new summons but those who did dwelt on Tol Eressëa.

In the Second Age some of the Men of Númenor, those most far-sighted, could see Avallónë from the summit of the Meneltarma or from a tall ship that lay off the western coast as far as was lawful to go. Some thought this far off vision was of Valinor itself but the wise knew it was but Avallónë. While the Númenóreans respected the Ban of the Valar many elves would sail to Númenor; they brought birds, flower, and herbs to the land.

The sight of Avallónë beyond their reach helped to kindle resentment in the hearts of the Númenóreans against the Ban. As the people of the island turned against the Valar the visits of the Eldar became few and only made in secret to the Faithful. By the reign of Tar-Palantir the city of Avallónë was veiled in cloud.[2]

After the Downfall of Númenor, the island of Tol Eressëa with Avallónë and the Undying Lands beyond were removed from the world. Yet in the towers of the Emyn Beraid was kept the Palantir of Elostirion, which allowed the Elves to see the Tower of Avallónë, where the Master-stone abode.[3]

Inspiration

Tolkien was apparently evoking the island of Avalon in the legend of King Arthur.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Númenor"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"