Welcome to Vanimar - the true meaning of home on Laurelin. We are an elf-only, lore-heavy kinship, who try to stay as faithful as possible to the works of Tolkien.
Most of our members are very familiar with professor Tolkien's work, especially The Silmarillion, which describes the history of the elven people and inspires our kinship. We have regular role-playing events and storylines within the kin, all of which are based around an intimate knowledge of Tolkien's lore. However, we do not enforce our members to roleplay their characters all or even most of the time – instancing and questing, for example remains out of character. In fact, we prefer to keep our kinship chat completely roleplay-free, as we see it as the best way to socialize with one another and get to know each other a bit better. If you love Tolkien, love roleplay and love being able to play an instance without having to be in character, you definitely could feel at home with us.
Vanimar, a house formed of the survivors of Gondolin, has preserved its status as a predominantly Noldor house, and until recently was located close to the havens both in Beleriand and Lindon. Throughout the second age the House remained loyal to the king and grew, accepting those who sought shelter and protection. Since the beginning of its history, Vanimar has revered and prized the traditions of the Exiles. The House has always preserved the High-Elven speech, the secrets of crafting, and many songs from beyond the seas.
In the Third age of Middle-earth, following the significant events taking place involving the ring-bearer and his famous company, the Elves of Vanimar abandoned their homesteads in Falathlorn, and moved either openly or discreetly into Imladris. As the shadow grows in the east, covering all free lands, Vanimar elves stand ready and willing to take part in their share of the burden. They ensure the roads are kept open and provide safe passage to the travellers, sending combat patrols to the nearby plains and bolstering the valley's defences if the need should arise. Elves of Noldor and Sindar under the Vanimar banner prepare for a war long after their days of glory have passed!
For more information about Vanimar and the house's procedures, check the Sacred Scrolls section. To find out about the four main divisions of Vanimar, see the Orders of Vanimar.
For stories and adventures by our members, visit us at the Laurelin Archives.