26 Nov 2009

The Lights of Eldamar

(Tirion by Ted Nasmith)

Welcome to Eldamar, magical land of the Eldar (High Elves). The 'elvenhome' is the place where the greatest of the Elves from the Vanyar, Noldor and Teleri lived. Part of the Undying Lands, east of Valinor and west of the Great Sea, Eldamar was founded in the Second Age of the Trees of the Valar, when the first Elf arrived in the Undying Lands. The great Pelori Mountains stands tall surrounded by vast fertile lands lit by the eternal Trees of Light - to the west the coast is lit by starlight on the Bay of Eldamar, on the horizon lie the great island of Tol Eressëa and the city of Avallónë.

(Tol Eressëa by Billy Moisig)

And on the island, settlements and cities of immense beauty. In the mist of the Pass of Light, was the first city, the greatest of all, Tirion. The lands of Eldamar are beautiful and wealthy beyond comparison. Precious stones and valuable metals were used to build the cities, and the crops of the land were bountiful or golden grain and sweet fruit. Legends tells of shores paved with diamonds, amethysts , opals and crystals. In Eldamar Elves were tutored by the Highest Powers of Arda, the Valar and the Maiar to make the most amazing jewels , the finest arts of music and language...they were the Light Elves for they were shining in both body and spirit, the fairest of all. After the fall of Númenor and the Change of the World at the end of the Second Age of the Sun, the magical Eldamar , along with all the Undying Lands, will be taken out of the normal circles of the world and beyond the understanding or mere mortals.

On September 29, 3021, Frodo Baggins is at the Grey Havens and with him Sam, Merry and Pippin . Frodo will say his goodbye to his three friends and board a white ship with Bilbo and the bearers of the Three Elven-rings, Gandalf, Galadriel and Elrond. The ship will then set sail to the Undying Lands. Frodo and Bilbo are mortals and as such not normally allowed to go to the Undying Lands, but because of the great burden they had faced with the One Ring , Frodo and Bilbo are given special permission to Pass into the West. Frodo and Bilbo will live the rest of their lives on the island of Tol Eressëa and die there.

Galadriel' s Song of Eldamar by The Tolkien Ensemble based on a J.R.R. Tolkien's poem

Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind,
long years numberless as the wings of trees!
The long years have passed like swift draughts
of the sweet mead in lofty halls
beyond the West, beneath the blue vaults of Varda
wherein the stars tremble
in the song of her voice, holy and queenly.
Who now shall refill the cup for me?
For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of the stars,
from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds
and all paths are drowned deep in shadow;
and out of a grey country darkness lies
on the foaming waves between us,
and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya for ever.
Now lost, lost to those of the East is Valimar!
Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar!
Maybe even thou shall find it! Farewell!