Valinor

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Valinor (Land of the Valar) is a fictional location in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, the realm of the Valar in Aman. It was also known as the Undying Lands (along with Tol Eressëa, the outliers of Aman, and the Deathless Land), as only immortal beings were allowed to reside there; amongst the exceptions to this were the surviving bearers of the One RingBilbo and Frodo Baggins and also Samwise Gamgee, who bore the One Ring for some time during their perilous journey to Mt. Doom — and Gimli son of Glóin who, it is said, accompanied his friend Legolas to Valinor. Amandil of Númenor is also believed to possibly have reached Valinor, to plead for mercy for the faithful Númenóreans.

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Geography and residents

In Tolkien's works Valinor is the home of the Valar (singular Vala), spirits that often take humanoid form, sometimes called "gods" by the Men of Middle-earth. Other residents of Valinor include the related but less powerful spirits, the Maiar, and most of the Eldar. Valinor lies in Aman, west of which is Ekkaia, or the encircling sea; it surrounds both Aman and Middle-earth.

Valinor is located in the middle of Aman, in the tropical and subtropical latitudes. The land has a warm climate overall but experiences snow on the peaks of the Pelóri.

While Valinor proper is the part of Aman inside the Pelóri, the "shore of Valinor" where the Elves live is considered a part of Valinor as well.

Each of the Valar has their own region of the land where they reside and alter things as they please. The Mansions of Manwë and Varda, two of the most powerful spirits, resided upon the highest mountain of the Pelóri, Taniquetil. Yavanna, the Vala of Nature, Growth, and Harvest, resided in the Pastures of Yavanna in the south of the land west of the Pelóri. Nearby were the Mansions of Aulë, the Smith who created the Dwarves, and who was the spouse of Yavanna. Oromë, the Vala of the Hunt, lived in the Woods of Oromë to the north-east of the pastures. Nienna, the lonely Vala of Sorrow and Endurance, lived in the far west of the island where she spent her days crying about all the Evil of the World, looking out to sea. Just south of Nienna's home and to the north of the pastures, there were the Halls of Mandos. Mandos was the Vala of the Afterlife. Also living in the Halls of Mandos was his spouse Vairë the weaver, who weaves the threads of Time. To the east of the Halls of Mandos is the Isle of Estë, which is situated in the middle of the lake of Lórellin which is in turn to the north of the Gardens of Lórien (not to be confused with Lothlórien in Middle-earth). Estë and Lórien were married.

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