Belegaer is the Great Sea of the world. In the Elder Days, it was between Aman and Middle-earth. After the Fall of Númenor, Aman was separated from the rest of Arda, and the exact dimensions of the sea are not well understood.
The Yanyar and the Noldor were ferried to Aman across this sea on an island, the remnants of which became the Isle of Balar. The Teleri lingered behind and eventually tried a similar method, but were stopped by Ossë within the Bay of Eldamar, and their island became known as Tol Erresëa, the Lonely Isle. The island of Númenor was also within the Great Sea, but it was lost to its depths when the Númenorean kings violated their ban from Aman.
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