Elvish Cities

Cities of the Anuneiä are generally built in a circular fashion. They radiate outward from a central point, where more often than not a large temple to Anunë stands amidst a green. In cases where a temple does not occupy the central position of an Anuneiën city, it is usually instead held by a garden or library.

This public space is known as the Iriaslle (the “green-space”) and is never used for markets or festivals, rather being preserved as a place where the inhabitants of the city can interact with nature.

The streets are often interwoven with smaller versions of the iriaslle known as the iriaslus meaning most Anuneiän cities are studded with gardens and woven about with lines of trees and open ground covered in grass. Elves build tall marble towers and soaring archways that abut directly on these grasses and growing spaces. Elves make no distinction between living quarters and trading quarters, and their cities are not organized according to any general plan other than the presence of these green-places.

This means that elvish cities grow organically (like most human cities but much unlike the highly planned construction of dwarvish tolhalr) and thus each develops its own character and personality. Most elves speak of their cities using the feminine pronoun, and speak of them as a living thing.

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Elvish Cities

Abridged History of the 10th Age Idabrius