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Shadowy Seas

Type: Seas, Oceans, Bays

Region: Aman

Location: The part of the ocean that surrounds the Enchanted Isles, between the Bay of Eldamar and Belegaer, the Sundering Seas.

Description: And in that time also, which songs call Nurtalë Valinóreva, the Hiding of Valinor, the Enchanted Isles were set, and all the seas about them were filled with shadows and bewilderment. And these isles were strung as a net in the Shadowy Seas from the north to the south, before Tol Eressëa, the Lonely Isle, is reached by one sailing west. Hardly might any vessel pass between them, for in the dangerous sounds the waves sighed for ever upon dark rocks shrouded in mist. And in the twilight a great weariness came upon mariners and a loathing of the sea; but all that ever set foot upon the islands were there entrapped, and slept until the Change of the World.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 11, Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor

... to the east [Túna] looked towards the Bay of Elvenhome, and the Lonely Isle, and the Shadowy Seas. ...

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 5, Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 27Nov05

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