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Isle of Balar

Type: Islands & Coasts

Region: Beleriand & North

Location: In the Bay of Balar, off the southern coast of Beleriand at the Mouths of the Sirion.

Description: Balar was said to be the broken-off eastern horn of what later became Tol Eressëa:
"Therefore Ulmo uprooted an island which long had stood alone amid the sea, far from either shore, since the tumults of the fall of Illuin; and with the aid of his servants he moved it, as it were a mighty ship, and anchored it in the Bay of Balar, into which Sirion poured his water. Then the Vanyar and the Noldor embarked upon that isle, and were drawn over the sea, and came at last to the long shores beneath the Mountains of Aman; and they entered Valinor and were welcomed to its bliss. But the eastern horn of the island, which was deep-grounded in the shoals off the mouths of Sirion, was broken asunder and remained behind and that, it is said, was the Isle of Balar, to which afterwards Ossë often came."
The Silmarillion, Ch 5 Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië

"For Melian taught them much that they were eager to learn, and Thingol rewarded them with many fair pearls. These Círdan gave to him, for they were got in great number in the shallow waters about the Isle of Balar..."
The Silmarillion, Ch 10, Of the Sindar

"Turgon ever maintained a secret refuge upon the Isle of Balar,"
Unfinished Tales Part 1, I, Of Tuor And His Coming To Gondolin

Círdan and Gil-galad retreated to the Isle of Balar after the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. They were later joined by the survivors of the Sack of Sirion.

Contributors: Lyllyn 7.17.03

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