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Chaining of Melkor

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The Chaining of Melkor refers to his imprisonment for three ages after the War for Sake of the Elves. After their final victory in the Siege of Utumno, Tulkas captured Melkor and bound him with the great chain Angainor. He was carried by to Valinor and sentenced to his long term of incarceration by the Elder King and chief of the Valar, Manwë. During this period, the Elves were able to undertake the Great Journey to Valinor unmolested.