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"The Sea! Alas! I have not yet beheld it. But deep in the hearts of all my kindred lies the sea-longing, which it is perilous to stir. Alas! for the gulls. No peace shall I have again under beech or under elm."

Sea-longing, or the Unquiet of Ulmo,[2] was a malady that typically affected Elves after seeing Belegaer, the Great Sea to the west of Middle-earth, for the first time.

[edit] Inspiration

"'Twas in the Land of Willows that I heard th' unfathomed breath
Of the Horns of Ylmir calling—and shall hear them till my death.
The Horns of Ylmir

In the summer of 1914 Tolkien visited the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall where the sea left a great impression on him, and inspired to write a poem.[3]

[edit] See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate".
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: V. The Tale of Years"
  3. Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, "II. 1892-1916: Early years", pp. 70-71