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General Information
Other namesHalls of Manwë and Varda
Locationatop Taniquetil
People and History
InhabitantsManwë and Varda
EventsHigh feast

Ilmarin referred to the mansions of Manwë and Varda.[1][2]



The domed halls[3] of Manwë and Varda were situated on the summit of Taniquetil, the highest peak of the world, from where they "could look out across the Earth even into the East". Manwë here set his throne, and spirits shaped like hawks and eagles constantly came with news of events in Arda.[4][5]

During the high feast before the Darkening of Valinor, the Maiar, Vanyar, and Noldor sang before Manwë and Varda in their halls.[6]


Tengwar, Quenya mode

Ilmarin is translated as "mansion of the high airs".[1][2] Christopher Tolkien has noted that Ilmarin is related to such words as Ilmarë and Ilmen.[7]

In the poem Namárië, the dwelling of Manwë and Varda is given the Quenya name oromardi "lofty halls".[8][9]

Other uses

In one poem, the name Ilmarin is used for Valinor, and in the Song of Eärendil the name "Hill of Ilmarin" refers to Oiolossë.[8][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 217
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Notes and Translations", in The Road Goes Ever On (J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann), p. 69
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Darkening of Valinor"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry ilm-
  8. 8.0 8.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Farewell to Lórien"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Elvish Poetry and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets", in Parma Eldalamberon XVI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, Carl F. Hostetter and Bill Welden), p. 97
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