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Grey Havens

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Grey Havens
Jef Murray - At the Grey Havens.jpg
General Information
Other namesMithlond
LocationWestern Eriador, central Lindon
DescriptionAn important coastal port, at the mouth of the Lhûn river
GalleryImages of Grey Havens

The Grey Havens, also known as Mithlond, was a seaport on the Gulf of Lune at the mouth of the River Lhûn in western Eriador.[1]



Founded by the Elves of Lindon in S.A. 1,[2] the Grey Havens were afterwards used by any of the Elves (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.[2]

About T.A. 1000 the Istari or Wizards arrived in Middle-earth at the Grey Havens. Círdan, upon meeting Gandalf, gave him Narya, the Elven Ring of Fire.[3]

In T.A. 3018,[3] Círdan sent Galdor of the Havens "on an errand" to Rivendell and he became Círdan's representative at the Council of Elrond.[4]

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.[5] Years later Fairbairn family tradition held that Samwise Gamgee in Fo.A. 61 also sailed West from the Grey Havens because he too had been a Ring-bearer, even if just briefly.[6]

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.


Mithlond translates as "Grey Havens" in Sindarin (from mith "grey" and lond "harbour").[7]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  7. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 28