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Isle of Balar
Physical Description
TypeIsle
Locationsouthwest of the Bay of Balar
InhabitantsEldar, Edain

The Isle of Balar was a refugee camp of the Eldar and Edain of Beleriand.

The Isle of Balar was located in the great Bay of Balar to the south of Beleriand,[1] and according to legend it was the eastern tip of Tol Eressëa which had broken off when Ulmo ferried the Eldar to Aman.[2] In the shallow waters about the island could be found great numbers of pearls.[3]

Before the Dagor Bragollach Turgon of Gondolin had had an outpost on the isle,[4] from where he sent some messengers to Aman, but none ever arrived[5] and only one Elf, Voronwë, ever returned to Middle-earth.[6]

After the destruction of the Falas, the Isle of Balar became home to a the survivors of the Havens of the Falas under Círdan.[7] The two refugee camps held close contact, and Círdan assisted Eärendil of Arvernien in building the ship Vingilot (Vingilótë), with which he sought for Valinor, to ask for the pardon of the Valar.[8]

During the War of Wrath, many Sindar and some Ñoldor were camped at the Isle of Balar, and after the war some survivors were gathered there. From there many went to Lindon until the Elves were summoned to Valinor, and the Edain to the new isle of Númenor.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
Isle of Balar
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