Cuivienen in the First Age

Cuiviénen (Q. "Water of Awakening"; Av."Kuiwênêni") was once situated between the steep western flank of the Orocarni (Q. "Red Mountains") and the eastern shore of the Inland Sea of Helcar. It served as the birthplace and original homeland of the immortal Firstborn, the Elves.

The Elves, split into three groups based on the leaders who awoke them - the Minyar, the Tatyar, and the Nelyar - lived for long years in bliss beside the waters of Cuiviénen before the Vala Orome summoned them to Aman. All of the Minyar and many of the other two groups followed him, becoming the Eldar, while those remained became the Avari. Those Avari who never wandered away from Cuiviénen were called the Hisildi or Twilight-elves.

Essentially torn apart during the apocalyptic change after the Great Battle at the end of the First Age, both Cuiviénen and Helcar remained near-mythical locales. The lake of Khelkeneni in the land of Khelgardh was believed to be the last remnant of the Waters of Awakening.

Places of Note


Aiar Ailios Aranwë Beleg Brethel Celeborn Dardarien Elindis Elmo Elni Elor Elwe Enel Enelye Eöl Eöwa Finwe Galadhon Gilfanon Hendor Imin Iminye Ingwe Indis Ingni Ingye Kyalpa Lenini Lenwë Linwe Mablung Mahtan Maidros Miriel Mordess Moreye Morrliel Mormiresûl Morwe Nelmo Nelwe Nöe Nowe Nuin Nurwe Nurwen Olnis Olwë Quelbaras Salgant Sepori Silwe Tanis Tareg Tata Tatie Valwë


Geographically Cuivienen is often compared to the great central asian lakes, especially lake Baikal, on Pete Fenlons map however it is situated even further east, more comparable to modern Hunlun lake or Buir lake.


  • The Wild Lands South and East, Gazetteer by Pete Fenlon
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