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The pass through the mountains of the [[Pelóri]] that led from the shores of the [[Great Sea]] westward into [[Valinor]]. Its name translates as 'Pass of Light', a reference to the light of the [[Two Trees]] that shone through the pass in the days before the [[Sun]] and [[Moon]]. The [[Elves|Elven]] city of [[Tirion]] stood between the walls of the pass, and [[Eärendil]] came there on his famous journey into the West, as told in [[Bilbo]]'s song quoted above.  
'''Calacirian''' was a region of [[Eldamar]] near the entrance to the ravine of [[Calacirya]]. The name appears in [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo's]] song of [[Song of Eärendil|Eärendil]] in [[Rivendell]]:<ref>{{FR|II1}}</ref><ref name=RGEO>{{RGEO|Notes}}, p. 70</ref>
The much more common form of this name is 'Calacirya', and in fact the particular form Calacirian only ever occurs in Bilbo's Song of Eärendil. Throughout [[The Silmarillion]], and even elsewhere in [[The Lord of the Rings]], 'Calacirya' is the preferred form, suggesting that the modification to 'Calacirian' is purely for Bilbo's poetic purposes.
:''and seven lights before him sent,<br>as through the Calacirian<br>to hidden land forlorn he went.''
The [[Quenya]] name ''Calacirian'' is a simplified ("anglicized") form of ''Kalakiryandë'', derived from ''Kalakirya''.<ref name=RGEO/><ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 73</ref>
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Calacirian was a region of Eldamar near the entrance to the ravine of Calacirya. The name appears in Bilbo's song of Eärendil in Rivendell:[1][2]

and seven lights before him sent,
as through the Calacirian
to hidden land forlorn he went.


The Quenya name Calacirian is a simplified ("anglicized") form of Kalakiryandë, derived from Kalakirya.[2][3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Notes and Translations", in The Road Goes Ever On (J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann), p. 70
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 73