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The '''Great Journey''', or the '''Great March''' was the journey that the [[Elves]] known as the [[Eldar]] took from [[Cuiviénen]], the place of their [[Awakening of the Elves|awakening]], to [[Valinor]].
 
The '''Great Journey''', or the '''Great March''' was the journey that the [[Elves]] known as the [[Eldar]] took from [[Cuiviénen]], the place of their [[Awakening of the Elves|awakening]], to [[Valinor]].
  
After the War of the [[Valar]] against [[Melkor]] much of northern Middle-earth was broken, and then [[Oromë]] returned to take the Eldar with him into the West. The majority of the Elves departed, but a part remained behind, becoming known as the [[Avari]], in the [[Sundering of the Elves]].
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After the War of the [[Valar]] against [[Morgoth|Melkor]] much of northern Middle-earth was broken, and then [[Oromë]] returned to take the Elves with him into the West. The majority of the Elves departed and were called Eldar, but a part remained behind, becoming known as the [[Avari]] (The "Refusers"), in the [[Sundering of the Elves]].
  
Oromë guided the Eldar north of the [[Sea of Helcar]], passing under the smoke of the ruined [[Ered Engrin]]. Some Eldar fled in fear, and disappeared from history. Later the host passed through a great forest (the later [[Mirkwood]]) on the path where later was the Dwarf Road, and then long waited at the shores of a Great River ([[Anduin]]) while Oromë sought a way to get them over the [[Hithaeglir]] mountains, which were much higher in those days.
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Oromë guided the Eldar north of the [[Sea of Helcar]], passing under the smoke of the ruined [[Ered Engrin]]. Some Eldar fled in fear, and disappeared from history, perhaps merging back with the Avari. Later the host passed through a great forest (the later [[Mirkwood]]), on the path where later was the [[Dwarf Road]], and then long waited at the shores of a Great River ([[Anduin]]) while Oromë sought a way to get them over the [[Misty Mountains|Hithaeglir]] mountains, which were much higher in those days.
  
When Oromë returned, having found (or forged) the High Pass where later was built [[Rivendell]], most Eldar went on, but a group remained behind under their leader Dan (or Lenwë), becoming known as the [[Nandor]].
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When Oromë returned, having found (or forged) the [[High Pass]] (where later was built [[Rivendell]]), most Eldar went on, but a group remained behind under their leader Dan (or [[Lenwë]]), becoming known as the [[Nandor]].
  
The remaining Eldar passed north of the immense forests that covered all of [[Eriador]], along the route of the later Great West Road that ran through [[Arnor]]. Finally the [[Vanyar]] and [[Ñoldor]] crossed the [[Ered Luin]], while the [[Lindar]] still lagged behind in Eriador (for which reason they became known as the [[Teleri]]).
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The remaining Eldar passed north of the immense forests that covered all of [[Eriador]], along a route that would become later the [[Great West Road]] (that ran through [[Arnor]]). Finally the [[Vanyar]] and [[Noldor|Ñoldor]] crossed the [[Ered Luin]] and reached [[Beleriand]], while the [[Lindar]] still lagged behind in Eriador. For this reason they became known as the [[Teleri]] (the "Last").<ref>{{S|Captivity}}</ref>
  
The Vanyar and Ñoldor were ferried across [[Belegaer]] on [[Tol Eressëa]] by [[Ulmo]], while the Teleri finally entered [[Beleriand]]. When Ulmo returned for them the greater part of the Teleri finally crossed Belegaer, but a part remained behind again, becoming the [[Sindar]].
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The Vanyar and Ñoldor were ferried across [[Belegaer]] on [[Tol Eressëa]] by [[Ulmo]], while the Teleri finally entered [[Beleriand]]. When Ulmo returned for them the greater part of the Teleri finally crossed Belegaer under [[Olwe]], but a part remained behind again looking for their king [[Elwe]], becoming the [[Sindar]].<ref>{{S|Princes}}</ref>
  
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Latest revision as of 23:10, 28 April 2012

The Great Journey, or the Great March was the journey that the Elves known as the Eldar took from Cuiviénen, the place of their awakening, to Valinor.

After the War of the Valar against Melkor much of northern Middle-earth was broken, and then Oromë returned to take the Elves with him into the West. The majority of the Elves departed and were called Eldar, but a part remained behind, becoming known as the Avari (The "Refusers"), in the Sundering of the Elves.

Oromë guided the Eldar north of the Sea of Helcar, passing under the smoke of the ruined Ered Engrin. Some Eldar fled in fear, and disappeared from history, perhaps merging back with the Avari. Later the host passed through a great forest (the later Mirkwood), on the path where later was the Dwarf Road, and then long waited at the shores of a Great River (Anduin) while Oromë sought a way to get them over the Hithaeglir mountains, which were much higher in those days.

When Oromë returned, having found (or forged) the High Pass (where later was built Rivendell), most Eldar went on, but a group remained behind under their leader Dan (or Lenwë), becoming known as the Nandor.

The remaining Eldar passed north of the immense forests that covered all of Eriador, along a route that would become later the Great West Road (that ran through Arnor). Finally the Vanyar and Ñoldor crossed the Ered Luin and reached Beleriand, while the Lindar still lagged behind in Eriador. For this reason they became known as the Teleri (the "Last").[1]

The Vanyar and Ñoldor were ferried across Belegaer on Tol Eressëa by Ulmo, while the Teleri finally entered Beleriand. When Ulmo returned for them the greater part of the Teleri finally crossed Belegaer under Olwe, but a part remained behind again looking for their king Elwe, becoming the Sindar.[2]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
Elves
(Quendi · People of the Stars · Firstborn · Elder Kindred)
Three Kindreds:
(Eldar · Eldalië · Edhil)
 Vanyar (Fair-elves · Minyar) · Noldor (Deep-elves · Tatyar) · Teleri (Lindar · Nelyar)
Calaquendi:
(High-elves · Amanyar)
 Vanyar · Noldor · Falmari
Úmanyar:  Sindar (Grey-elves · Eglath) · Nandor (Green-elves · Silvan Elves)
 Moriquendi:  Úmanyar · Avari (Dark Elves · The Unwilling)
See Also:  Awakening of the Elves · Sundering of the Elves · Great Journey