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Sea-longing

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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."
Legolas[1]

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.

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  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, "The Tale of Years".