The great bay to the south of Beleriand into which the river Sirion flowed. 52, 56, 59, 60, 142. Also the isle in the bay, said to have been the eastern horn of Tol EressÃ«a that broke away, where CÃrdan and Gil-galad dwelt after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. 59, 105, 144, 192, 239, 302, 304-5
The great bay in the southern shores of Beleriand into which the river Sirion flowed. Destroyed in the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age.
The bay at the Mouths of Sirion.
The great ocean inlet to the south of Beleriand, in which lay the Isle of Balar, and into which the River Sirion flowed.
The Bay was formed in the cataclysms that accompanied the Battle of the Powers, long before the First Age, and was said to have been the greatest bay of the sea on the shores of Middle-earth. On its northern coasts lay Arvernien and the Mouths of Sirion, where the Exiles of Gondolin dwelt in the last years of the First Age, and from where EÃ¤rendil set out on his voyage to the Undying Lands. Its eastern coastlands were dominated by the great unpeopled forests of Taur-im-Duinath.
Far out in the Bay lay the Isle of Balar, where CÃrdan the Shipwright dwelt with his people after the loss of the Havens of the Falas. There was great friendship between CÃrdan and the Exiles at the Mouths of Sirion, and in the late First Age, the Bay must have seen much traffic between the Isle and the Mouths.
Just as it had been created out the tumults of a war of the Powers, the Bay was destroyed, with the rest of Beleriand, in the War of Wrath between the Valar and Morgoth at the end of the First Age.
The cape to the west of Arvernien.
The small cape that lay to the west of Arvernien, and marked the northern limit of the Bay of Balar.
The isle in the Bay of Balar, said to have been the eastern horn of Tol EressÃ«a that broke away, where CÃrdan and Gil-galad dwelt after the Nirnaeth Arnoediad.
The refuge of CÃrdan.
Large island (indeed, the largest known island off the shores of Middle-earth) located in the Bay of Balar, some seventy miles south of the coastlands of Arvernien.
According to legend, the Isle was the eastern horn of the much greater island of Tol EressÃ«a, which broke off when Ulmo towed away the main island to Aman carrying the Vanyar and the Noldor. It is said that the Maia OssÃ« often came to the Isle of Balar.
The island was noted for its pearls, which were found in great abundance in the shallow waters around it. These were collected by the people of CÃrdan, who gave them freely to the other Elf-lords.
While we are not told of the nature or location of settlements on the island, it is clear that it was populated at least early in the First Age, and possibly before that. As well as the Elves of the Havens, Balar was explored by the people of Nargothrond, and Turgon built refuges there for the Gondolindrim after the Dagor Bragollach in I 455. From these, he sent out ships seeking Aman and the aid of the Valar, but none succeeded.
The Isle of Balar became an important centre after the destruction of the Havens in I 472, when CÃrdan and Gil-galad fled to the island and settled there. While it is not stated certainly, it is likely that EÃ¤rendil's ship Vingilot was built here, and that the Mariner set out for the West from CÃrdan's havens on the Island.