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Cuiviénen (Awakening-water) was the shore in the far east of Middle-Earth where the Elves first awoke. It was near the sea of Helcar at the foot of the Orocarni. Also near here was the lamp Illuin, placed upon the pillar of Helkar in the earliest age of Arda. While hunting, the Vala Oromë found the Elves here and alerted the rest of the Valar of their presence. Unfortunately, Melkor had also learned of the awakening place of the Elves and corrupted many into his service (These Elves later became the first Orcs). Cuiviénen was lost forever in the Changing of the World.