Eldalië


The Eldalië are the first-born of Ilúvatar's children and the fairest. Unlike the second-born, the race of Men, the Eldalië are not subject to illness and death, and are therefore almost immortal. They first awoke into being during the Years of the Trees in Cuiviénen along the shores of the Sea of Helcar in eastern Middle-earth. The Sun and the Moon did not exist yet and so the first light they beheld was that of the stars in the sky as set there by the Valië Varda, and were called Eldalië, 'People of the Stars', by the Vala Oromë. The Eldalië, or Elves, would call themselves Quendi, 'those that speak with voices', as they had not yet encountered another living thing that could speak.

Oromë was the first to come upon the Elves in Cuiviénen and alerted the other Valar to their presence. After battling with the evil Vala Morgoth and binding him, the Valar feared for the Elves' safety and summoned the Elves to live alongside them in Aman. But the Elves had grown to fear the Valar and did not want to make the journey. Three representatives of the Elves were then chosen to travel to Aman to decide whether the Elves should make the journey or not. These three were Ingwë, Finwë, and Elwë. Once they arrived in Aman they were awed by what they saw and returned to their peoples and convinced them to make the long journey. There were some though who refused and chose to stay behind in Cuiviénen. These Elves were thereafter called the Avari, 'The Unwilling'. The Elves who decided to make the journey to Aman were then called the Eldar. This would be the first of many divisions of the Elves.

Division of the Elves

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Elvish division tree Eldalië Eldar Avari Vanyar Noldor Teleri Falmari Sindar Nandor Silvan Laiquendi Falathrim


Alphabetical List of Names


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  • Finarfin
  • Fingon
  • Finrod Felagund

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  • Nimrodel

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  • Olwë
  • Oropher

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