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The '''Falathrim''' ('Coast Elves', [[Sindarin]]) were the shoreland people of the [[Falas]] who took [[Círdan]] as their lord from the beginning, and were also the last to leave [[Middle-earth]] forever. Of [[Teleri|Telerin]] descent, these Elves remained in [[Beleriand]] when their kin journeyed to [[Valinor]] at the persuasion of the [[Maiar|Maia]] [[Ossë]]. They were the second of two "subdivisions" of the Teleri to stay behind, the other being the [[Eglath]], who stayed behind to find their lost lord [[Elwë Singollo|Elwë]]. Their last home on Middle-Earth before finally leaving for the Undying Lands was the Grey Havens, but before that they dwelt mainly in the ancient havens of [[Eglarest]] and [[Brithombar]].  
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The '''Falathrim''' were the shoreland Elves of the [[Falas]] who took [[Círdan]] as their lord from the beginning. Their last home on [[Middle-earth]] before finally leaving for the Undying Lands was the [[Grey Havens]], but before that they dwelt mainly in the ancient havens of [[Eglarest]] and [[Brithombar]].  
  
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==History==
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In ancient days, the [[Teleri]] dwelt for long years in [[Beleriand]], and they learned much from [[Ossë]], a [[Maiar|Maia]] of the Sea. When Ossë's master [[Ulmo]] conducted the most part of the [[Teleri]] into the West, Ossë persuaded some few to remain behind.<ref>{{S|Princes}}</ref> They settled on Beleriand's western shores, building themselves Havens at [[Brithombar]] and [[Eglarest]]. [[Círdan]] was their leader, and they were known as the [[Falathrim]], or '''Elves of the Falas''', the first builders and sailors of ships in [[Middle-earth]]'s history.
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They were the second of two "subdivisions" of the Teleri to stay behind, the other being the [[Eglath]], who stayed behind to find their lost lord [[Elwë Singollo|Elwë]].
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After the [[Return of the Noldor]], the Elves of the Falas became fast in friendship with the [[Noldor|Deep Elves]]. With [[Finrod]]'s aid, the Havens of the Falas were strengthened and rebuilt. The Elves of the Havens enjoyed peaceful relations with all the [[Elves of Beleriand]], and were particularly closely allied with the people of [[Nargothrond]]. As one of the most remote peoples from [[Morgoth]]'s forces in [[Angband]], the other Elvish lords would often send their children to the Elves of the Havens for safekeeping.
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They fought beside the [[Noldor]], too: in the [[Dagor Bragollach]] ("Battle of Sudden Flame"), their mariners rescued High King [[Fingon]] from overwhelming hordes in [[Hithlum]], and they went to the aid of Fingon again at the [[Nirnaeth Arnoediad]] ("Battle of Unnumbered Tears"). After that disaster, many of the survivors fled back to the Havens of the Falas, but they were not safe there for long. A year after the great defeat, Morgoth sent his creatures to besiege them, and both the Havens were overthrown. Most of the Elves of the Falas perished in the fall of the Havens, or were captured, but Círdan escaped. With his surviving followers and the young [[Gil-galad|Ereinion Gil-galad]], who was at that time lodging with the people of the Havens, he sailed southwards, and settled for a time on the [[Isle of Balar]]. He maintained a haven there for many years, before removing once again to Lindon, where he dwelt at the [[Grey Havens]] with, doubtless, a remnant of the [[Falathrim]].
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At the beginning of the [[Second Age]], Círdan sailed east to found the [[Grey Havens]] on the [[Gulf of Lhûn]], and the remnant of the Elves of the Havens must surely have accompanied him.
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==Etymology==
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''Falathrim'' is a [[Sindarin]] name, meaning "Coast people".{{fact}}
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Another name for the Falathrim was the '''Egladhrim''', or the '''Eglain''', a [[Sindarin]] name meaning "The Forsaken". While originally used as a name for the [[Sindar]] by themselves, it came to refer only to the Elves of the Falas, as distinguished from the "inland Elves" of Beleriand.<ref>{{WJ|Quendi}}, pp. 365, 379-80</ref>
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Falathrim
People
DominionsFalas, Grey Havens
LanguagesFalathrin
MembersCírdan

The Falathrim were the shoreland Elves of the Falas who took Círdan as their lord from the beginning. Their last home on Middle-earth before finally leaving for the Undying Lands was the Grey Havens, but before that they dwelt mainly in the ancient havens of Eglarest and Brithombar.

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History

In ancient days, the Teleri dwelt for long years in Beleriand, and they learned much from Ossë, a Maia of the Sea. When Ossë's master Ulmo conducted the most part of the Teleri into the West, Ossë persuaded some few to remain behind.[1] They settled on Beleriand's western shores, building themselves Havens at Brithombar and Eglarest. Círdan was their leader, and they were known as the Falathrim, or Elves of the Falas, the first builders and sailors of ships in Middle-earth's history.

They were the second of two "subdivisions" of the Teleri to stay behind, the other being the Eglath, who stayed behind to find their lost lord Elwë.

After the Return of the Noldor, the Elves of the Falas became fast in friendship with the Deep Elves. With Finrod's aid, the Havens of the Falas were strengthened and rebuilt. The Elves of the Havens enjoyed peaceful relations with all the Elves of Beleriand, and were particularly closely allied with the people of Nargothrond. As one of the most remote peoples from Morgoth's forces in Angband, the other Elvish lords would often send their children to the Elves of the Havens for safekeeping.

They fought beside the Noldor, too: in the Dagor Bragollach ("Battle of Sudden Flame"), their mariners rescued High King Fingon from overwhelming hordes in Hithlum, and they went to the aid of Fingon again at the Nirnaeth Arnoediad ("Battle of Unnumbered Tears"). After that disaster, many of the survivors fled back to the Havens of the Falas, but they were not safe there for long. A year after the great defeat, Morgoth sent his creatures to besiege them, and both the Havens were overthrown. Most of the Elves of the Falas perished in the fall of the Havens, or were captured, but Círdan escaped. With his surviving followers and the young Ereinion Gil-galad, who was at that time lodging with the people of the Havens, he sailed southwards, and settled for a time on the Isle of Balar. He maintained a haven there for many years, before removing once again to Lindon, where he dwelt at the Grey Havens with, doubtless, a remnant of the Falathrim.

At the beginning of the Second Age, Círdan sailed east to found the Grey Havens on the Gulf of Lhûn, and the remnant of the Elves of the Havens must surely have accompanied him.

Etymology

Falathrim is a Sindarin name, meaning "Coast people".[source?]

Names

Another name for the Falathrim was the Egladhrim, or the Eglain, a Sindarin name meaning "The Forsaken". While originally used as a name for the Sindar by themselves, it came to refer only to the Elves of the Falas, as distinguished from the "inland Elves" of Beleriand.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar", pp. 365, 379-80