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The '''Grey Havens''', also known as '''Mithlond''', was a seaport on the [[Gulf of Lune]] in the northwest of [[Middle-earth]].
 
The '''Grey Havens''', also known as '''Mithlond''', was a seaport on the [[Gulf of Lune]] in the northwest of [[Middle-earth]].
  
Built by the [[Elves]] of [[Lindon]] at the beginning of the [[Second Age]], it was afterwards used by the Elves to leave Middle-earth for [[Valinor]]. [[Círdan the Shipwright]] and [[Galdor of the Havens]] lived there.
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== History ==
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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 Elves|Silvan Elf]]) to leave Middle-earth for [[Valinor]]. [[Círdan the Shipwright]] 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.
  
[[Bilbo Baggins]] and [[Frodo Baggins]] also went to Valinor from the Grey Havens, and a family tradition held that [[Sam Gamgee]] (having been himself a [[Ring-bearer]], albeit briefly) did likewise, in [[Fourth Age]] 61. It is unclear just what the [[Fate of the Elves]] of Middle-earth was in the early Fourth Age and how long Círdan or his remaining folk dwelled at the Havens and continued to build the great ships that carried the Elves to the [[Blessed Realm]].  
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As recounted in ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', Círdan sent [[Galdor of the Havens]] to [[Rivendell]] as his representative at the [[Council of Elrond]].
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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]] 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|Fairbairn]] family tradition held that [[Sam Gamgee]] also sailed [[West]] from the Grey Havens because he too had been a Ring-bearer, even if just briefly.
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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]].
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== Etymology ==
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Mithlond translates as "Foggy Havens" in [[Sindarin]] (from ''[[mith]]'' = "fog" and ''[[lond]]'' = "havens"), or more prosaically, as "Grey Havens".
  
 
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Revision as of 17:04, 17 July 2006

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

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 the Shipwright 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 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 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 Sam 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 "Foggy Havens" in Sindarin (from mith = "fog" and lond = "havens"), or more prosaically, as "Grey Havens".

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