Amazon Prime Video dives deep into the lore of J.R.R. Tolkien with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in a series that will take everyone's breath away with its stunning visuals. With its picturesque locations, will one of those be Valinor? What is it, anyway?
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: What is Valinor Eplained
Introduced in the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is Valinor where Galadriel hopped on a ship, only to swim back to Middle-earth before they arrive on the said place. This just makes Valinor more mysterious as to why Galadriel would refuse going there.
In the lore of J.R.R. Tolkien, Valinor is a place. It is located in the blessed realm of Aman where the beings who shaped Middle-earth came from. Before the First Age, Valar created the place to be innumerably good, without any evil, thus, being called as the "Land of the Valar," or the "Undying Lands."
Think of it as something like heaven but reachable by only a few. The Sundering of the Elves happened where the immortal Elves got the chance to go to Valinor to live there with pure joy and while some chose to remain on Middle-earth, the Great Journey pushed through.
See, what makes Valinor interesting is that it seems to expand over the years like when Helcaraxë becomes part of it before the War of Wrath but the said place became an icy wasteland after the battle. Valinor changes location and only the Elves can get there through the Straight Road.
Galadriel was on a ship to Valar where Elves travel together to make it to the place and they are the only ones who could leave the place as well with a few exceptions like Gimli, a dwarf, who travelled to Valinor with Legolas, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and Samwise Gamgee.
Places in Valinor have their own purpose with every Valar dedicated to something like Yavanna in the south is for nature and Oromë in the north-east is for the hunt. Valmar, the capital of Valinor, houses the Alqualondë and Tirion for the Teleri and Ñoldor.
Tol Eressëa, Isle of Estë, Gardens of Lórien, Halls of Mandos and Tienna, and Mansions of Manwë and Varda, are some of the places found in Valinor.
All episodes of the Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are now streaming on Amazon Prime.