I have this odd memory that when the Noldor are pardoned at the end of the 1st Age, they are required to settle Tol Eressea instead of returning to Tirion. It always seemed haunting to me -- fated to see the light of Valinor shining through the Calacirya, but never to set foot upon Tuna again.
Where does this come from? It's not in the Silmarillion that I can find, nor in Unfinished Tales. Anyone know?
I think that they were also allowed to visit Valinor. From Silm, 'Of The Voyage of Earendil':
And when they came into the West the Elves of Beleriand dwelt upon Tol Eressea, the Lonely Isle, that looks both west and east; whence they might come even to Valinor. They were admitted again to the love of Manwe and the pardon of the Valar; and the Teleri forgave their anceint grief, and the curse was laid to rest.
Can't remember reading any other passages that contradicts this.