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[[File:Šárka Škorpíková - Between Ilmen and Vista.jpg|thumb|250px|"Between Ilmen and Vista" by [[:Category:Images by Šárka Škorpíková|Šárka Škorpíková]]]]
 
 
'''Ilmen''' ([[Quenya|Q]], pron. {{IPA|[ˈilmen]}}) was a part of the atmosphere that surrounded the world of [[Arda]], the region of airs where the [[stars]] are.<ref>{{S|Index}}</ref> Flesh can't survive the airs of Ilmen unaided.<ref name=Ak>{{S|Akallabeth}}</ref>  
 
'''Ilmen''' ([[Quenya|Q]], pron. {{IPA|[ˈilmen]}}) was a part of the atmosphere that surrounded the world of [[Arda]], the region of airs where the [[stars]] are.<ref>{{S|Index}}</ref> Flesh can't survive the airs of Ilmen unaided.<ref name=Ak>{{S|Akallabeth}}</ref>  
  
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[[Christopher Tolkien]] has noted that ''Ilmen'' contains the stem ''ilm-'' and is related to such words as ''[[Ilmarë]]'' and ''[[Ilmarin]]''<ref>{{S|Elements}}, entry ''ilm-''</ref>.
 
[[Christopher Tolkien]] has noted that ''Ilmen'' contains the stem ''ilm-'' and is related to such words as ''[[Ilmarë]]'' and ''[[Ilmarin]]''<ref>{{S|Elements}}, entry ''ilm-''</ref>.
  
In the ''[[Etymologies]]'' however, Ilmen is derived from the [[root]] [[GIL]] signifying "the region above air where stars are".<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, entry "[[GIL]]"</ref> See also ''[[men (Elvish)|-men]]''
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In the ''[[Etymologies]]'' however, Ilmen is derived from the [[root]] [[GIL]] signifying "the region above air where stars are".<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, entry [[GIL]]</ref> See also ''[[men (Elvish)|-men]]''
 
==Other versions of the Legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the Legendarium==
 
In the early schematic titled ''[[I Vene Kemen]]'', the middle layer of airs was marked as ''Ilwe'' ([[Qenya]]).
 
In the early schematic titled ''[[I Vene Kemen]]'', the middle layer of airs was marked as ''Ilwe'' ([[Qenya]]).

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