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'''Helcar''' or '''Helkar''' ([[Quenya|Q]], pron. [[Noldorin|N]] {{IPA|[ˈhelkar]}}, [[Vanyarin|V]] {{IPA|[ˈxelkar]}}) was a great tower, raised by the [[Valar]] (some traditions say by [[Melkor]]) to house the northern of the [[Two Lamps]], [[Illuin]]. It was placed in the north of [[Middle-earth]], and together with the southern lamp [[Ormal]], lit up all of [[Arda]].
 
'''Helcar''' or '''Helkar''' ([[Quenya|Q]], pron. [[Noldorin|N]] {{IPA|[ˈhelkar]}}, [[Vanyarin|V]] {{IPA|[ˈxelkar]}}) was a great tower, raised by the [[Valar]] (some traditions say by [[Melkor]]) to house the northern of the [[Two Lamps]], [[Illuin]]. It was placed in the north of [[Middle-earth]], and together with the southern lamp [[Ormal]], lit up all of [[Arda]].
  
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Helcar or Helkar (Q, pron. N [ˈhelkar], V [ˈxelkar]) was a great tower, raised by the Valar (some traditions say by Melkor) to house the northern of the Two Lamps, Illuin. It was placed in the north of Middle-earth, and together with the southern lamp Ormal, lit up all of Arda.

Helcar was destroyed by Melkor, and collapsed. This ruined a great part of Middle-earth and formed the inland Sea of Helcar.

Other versions of the legendarium

In earlier versions of the legendarium, Helcar was made by Melkor out of ice, a substance not yet known to the Valar. The heat of Illuin then melted the tower, and the meltwater formed the Sea of Helcar.