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In the [[Ambarkanta]], Tolkien initially wrote it as Silma, which then was changed to Ilma and finally Ilmen. In those texts, Ilmen formed the outer layer of normal air, enclosing the inner air, [[Vista]], and itself enclosed by [[Vaiya]] beyond. According to the [[:File:J.R.R. Tolkien - Ambarkanta Diagram II.jpg|Diagram II]], Ilmen is narrower along [[North]] and [[South]], allowing some ice mountains to be formed on the surface of Vaiya. As Valinor lays outside Vista, its main air is Ilmen which is breathed by the [[Valar]]; it is cleansed and purified by the [[Light of Valinor]], and the celestial bodies, preventing it to be darkened into mists and shadows. It is said that descending from Vista one may land on the earth, but from Ilmen one may land on Valinor.
 
In the [[Ambarkanta]], Tolkien initially wrote it as Silma, which then was changed to Ilma and finally Ilmen. In those texts, Ilmen formed the outer layer of normal air, enclosing the inner air, [[Vista]], and itself enclosed by [[Vaiya]] beyond. According to the [[:File:J.R.R. Tolkien - Ambarkanta Diagram II.jpg|Diagram II]], Ilmen is narrower along [[North]] and [[South]], allowing some ice mountains to be formed on the surface of Vaiya. As Valinor lays outside Vista, its main air is Ilmen which is breathed by the [[Valar]]; it is cleansed and purified by the [[Light of Valinor]], and the celestial bodies, preventing it to be darkened into mists and shadows. It is said that descending from Vista one may land on the earth, but from Ilmen one may land on Valinor.
  
Ilmen fills the gap between the edge of the world and Vaiya, and thus encloses Ambar above and below. The waters of [[Middle-earth]] are a compound of Vaiya and Ilmen, which [[Ulmo]] blends under the [[Martalmar|Earthroots]].
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Ilmen fills the gap between the edge of the world and Vaiya, and thus encloses Ambar above and below. The waters of [[Middle-earth]] are a compound of Vaiya and Ilmen, which [[Ulmo]] blends under the [[Earthroots]].
  
 
Ilmen is the level of the [[Sun]], the [[Moon]] and the [[Stars]] so it was also called ''Tinwe-malle'' (star-street) and ''[[Elenarda (disambiguation)|Elenarda]]'' (Stellar Kingdom).<ref>{{SM|Ambar}}, pp. 240-1, 242-3, 253</ref><ref>{{VT|45a}}, p. 16</ref> The [[Moon]] passed through Ilmen on its way around the world, plunging down the [[Chasm of Ilmen]] on its way back.
 
Ilmen is the level of the [[Sun]], the [[Moon]] and the [[Stars]] so it was also called ''Tinwe-malle'' (star-street) and ''[[Elenarda (disambiguation)|Elenarda]]'' (Stellar Kingdom).<ref>{{SM|Ambar}}, pp. 240-1, 242-3, 253</ref><ref>{{VT|45a}}, p. 16</ref> The [[Moon]] passed through Ilmen on its way around the world, plunging down the [[Chasm of Ilmen]] on its way back.

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