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Grey Havens

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== Etymology ==
 
== Etymology ==
Mithlond translates as "Grey Havens" in [[Sindarin]] (from ''[[mith]]'' = "grey" and ''[[lond]]'' = "haven(s), port").
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''Mithlond'' translates as "Grey Havens" in [[Sindarin]] (from ''[[mith]]'' "grey" and ''[[lond]]'' "harbour").<ref>{{HM|RC}}, p. 28</ref>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

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Jef Murray - At the Grey Havens.jpg
Grey Havens
Physical Description
TypeSeaport
LocationWestern Eriador, central Lindon
RealmsLindon
InhabitantsElves
DescriptionAn important coastal port, at the mouth of the Lhûn river
General Information
Other namesMithlond
EtymologySee below

The Grey Havens, also known as Mithlond, was a seaport in the Gulf of Lune in the northwest of Middle-earth.

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History

Built by the Elves of Lindon at the beginning of the Second Age, it was afterwards used by Elves of any tribe (whether Noldor, Sindar, or Silvan Elf) to leave Middle-earth for Valinor. Círdan was Lord of the Havens, but throughout the Second Age Ereinion Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor, ruled all of Lindon from the Grey Havens.

As recounted in The Fellowship of the Ring, Círdan sent Galdor of the Havens "on errand" to Rivendell as his representative at the Council of Elrond.

Following the defeat of Sauron and the crowning of King Aragorn Elessar, Gandalf, Elrond, and Galadriel left Middle-earth for Valinor from the Grey Havens. They were accompanied by Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins, who were given the honor of taking the Straight Road because they had both been a Ring-bearer. Years later, Fairbairn family tradition held that Samwise Gamgee also sailed West from the Grey Havens because he too had been a Ring-bearer, even if just briefly.

It is unclear how long the Grey Havens lasted into the Fourth Age, as the number of Elves dwindled with the coming of the "Age of Men". Supposedly Círdan remained at the Havens until the last ship left from Middle-earth for the Blessed Realm.

Etymology

Mithlond translates as "Grey Havens" in Sindarin (from mith "grey" and lond "harbour").[1]

See also

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