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Regions and Locations in Aman and Valinor

In the Elder Days, this name was given to the continent of Aman (Q. "Blessed, Unmarred"; S. "Avon"; Éo. "Ósgeard") and its adjoining islands west of Endor over the Sundering Sea, inhabited by the immortal Ainur (Valar and Maiar) and those of the Elves who "passed into the West." After the fall of Númenor in the Second Age the Undying Lands were removed from the "sphere of the world." Only ships that can "sail the straight path," which usually requires the permission of the Valar, can leave the surface of Endor and reach Aman. Important regions of Aman are Tol Eressëa and Valinor.

Other names and epithets

The Ancient West, The Blessed Realm, The Deathless Lands, The Far West, Otherworld, The Twilight, The Undying Lands, The Undying Realm, The Uttermost West, The West, West over Sea, West of the World, West-that-was

The Founding of Aman

The desecration of Arda by Melkor affected all of its territories, but the middle reaches of Endor witnessed the most terrible travails. Illuin and Ormal stood on the highest peaks ever erected in Arda, and their fiery fall swept across the regions that separated them. The Middle Land, Middle-earth, suffered dearly, for the Lamps were anchored on its flanks. Its roots torn, its fields washed in flame and flood, Endor was sullied and dark. In the aftermath, the Valar looked elsewhere for a home. They turned to the Outer Lands, those regions separated from the Walls of Night by the Encircling Sea. Of these, the fairest and westernmost was Aman, the Blessed Land. It was a remote place lying at the edge of the the World, and far from Utumno, which lay in the northern-most marches of Middle-earth. Taking leave of the war against the Great Evil, the Valar left Endor and entered Aman, making it their residence. A wall of high mountains marched along the eastern side of the Blessed Land. Grander than any left in Endor, they sheltered most of Aman from the rest of the World. Only a narrow but fertile shelf lay between them and the Great Sea that parted Aman and Endor. Behind these mountains, the Pelori, the Valar established Valinor, their new home. There, all was hallowed and full of enduring life amidst the Exalted Spirits; thus, the name "Undying Lands." Nevermore would the Valar have want of their own abode.

Lands and Regions within Aman

Settlements and Places of Interest





Characters of Note

Ainur: Aiwendil Alatar Amillo Amnon Arien Aule Curumo Eonwe Este Gilim Ilmare Irmo Kalamire Lesh-Y Leukë Makar Mairon Manwe Meássë Melian Melkor Morthrog Namo Nan Nessa Nieliqui Nienna Nornore Olorin Orome Osse Pallando Rhi Helvarch Sacha Salmar Starvar Telimektar Tethil Thular Thuringwethil Tilion Tulkas Uin Uinen Ulmo Ungolianth Vaire Vana Varda Yantolindo Yavanna

Maiarindi: Danuin Fanuin Gorgumoth Huan Lúsion Luthien Nahar Ranuin Thorondor Tinfang Gelion

Elves: Aegnor Äelle Ainairos Amarie Amras Amrod Amroth Anaire Angrod Aranwe Ardana Aredhel Argon Caranthir Celeborn Celebrian Celebrimbor Celegorm Curufin Daurin Earendil Earwen Ecthelion Edrahil Egalmoth Elemmakil Elemmire Elenwe Elu Elulindo Elwen Elwing Enerdhil Evromord Feanor Featur I Featur II Finarfin Findis Fingolfin Fingon Finrod Finvain Finwe Galadriel Gelmir Gildor Gilfanon Glorfindel Guilin Idril Ilfrin Ilmare Indis Inglor Ingwe Ingwion Irime Istarnis Ivare Lindenar Lindo Littleheart Loruin Maeglin Maglor Meril Miriel Naimi Nargil Nerdanel Olwe Orodreth Rûmil Saithnar Silmo Talagand Torhir IfantTurgon Uole Kuvion Turlinde Valwe Voronwe

Men: Amandil Ar-Pharazôn Beren Eltas Eriol Heorrenda Tuor


Andamundar Bats of Mandos Bears Golden Bees Beetles Bisons Black Bears Blackbirds Boars Golden Butterflies Camels Cockerel Corals Cormorants Crabs Crows of Mandos Dinosaurs Dolphins Doves Dragonflies Eagles Eels Eider-Duck Elfin Deer Elven Horses Emelin Fairy Cattle Falcons of Manwe Fallow Deer Filigod Fireflies Fishes Foxes Frogs Gannets Geese Giant Octopus Golden Bees Golden Butterflies Ghost-moths Goose barnacle Great Glow-worms Great Gulls Great Swallows Great Swans of Ulmo Guillemots Gulls Hares Harts Hawks Honeybees Horses of the Valar Jackals Kingfishers Larks Lavan Lice Lions Lobor Mice Moles Mud-worms Narwhals Nightingales Nightjars Noble Hounds Owls of Mandos Peacocks Pheasants Puffin Rabbits Raibrogath Rats Ravens Roe Sable Sealions Elven Sheep Shells Sorrel Sparrows Storm-Mews Storm-Petrels Swallows Thrushes Whales Wolves Woodpeckers


Airasëa Alfirin Apple Tree Athelas Birch Blackthorn Blue Nemophile Box-Tree Bryony Cedar Cherry Cress Cypresses of Lórien Daffodils Daisy Elms Elvish harebell Fir Fumellar Golden Asphodel Golden Creepers Golden Glowers of Vána's Gardens Gwingyrn Hawthorn High Wheat of the Gods Holly Hollyhock Hyacinth Ilex Jacinth Lairelossë Larkspur Lauke Laurinquë Lavaralda Lily Lissuin Losse Mallorn Maples Marigold Moss Mustard Nenú Nenúfar Nessamelda Nifredil Nightshade Nimloth Ninglor Nínim Oaks Oiolairë Orange Tree Orome's Beeches Pië Pilinehtar Pines Pinka Pio Piosenna Piukka Plumed thistle Plumed weed Poplar Red Creepers Red Daisy Redthorn Tree Reed Roses of Vána Silver Birch Silver Willows Súriquessë Taniquelassë Uile Valpio Vardarianna Waterlilies Wheat Whispering Elms Whitethorn White Trees Wine Yavannamire

Aman in the Cosmology

In Tolkien's original drafts, Aman was a continent, once part of Arda (imagined as a flat world), but "split off" after the drowning of Númenor and set in a kind of isolated "sphere" or globule, "removed" from the now-globed world or planet of Ambar and reality of man as such. Later he tried to rework parts of his cosmology and Aman eventually was considered a planet in it's own right, containing a sole continent with the same name, that was connected with the planet of Arda via the straight path as a kind of bridge. However he never finished his redesign of the cosmology, so the exact status of Aman and what can be considered canonical remains a matter of debate.


The employed map is for the greatest part based on Professor Tolkien's raw sketches published in The Shaping of Middle-earth and to some lesser degree his early drawing of the "World Ship" and the World of Arda, published in the Book of Lost Tales. Some lesser inspiration was drawn from a painting by Professor Tolkien, entitled "The Man in the Moon", showing the Moon with it's Towers, and Faraway, Planet Earth, with the continent North America, parts of Middle- or South America, Atlantis and Mu or Lemuria, and another illustration entitled "The White Dragon pursues Roverandom", originally drawn for Tolkien's Roverandom story, but later reused as a proposed illustration for "The Hobbit or There and Back Again". Several other maps and interpretations found on the internet were drawn from as inspiration as well.

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