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{{quote|Lost and forgotten be, darker than the darkness, <br>Where gates stand forever shut, till [[Arda Unmarred|the World is mended]]|[[Tom Bombadil]], ''[[Fog on the Barrow-downs]]''}}
{{quote|Lost and forgotten be, darker than the darkness,<br>Where gates stand forever shut, till [[Arda Unmarred|the World is mended]]|[[Tom Bombadil]], ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[Fog on the Barrow-downs]]"}}
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'''The Outer Void''', or the '''Timeless Void''', was a term used in various ways.
 
'''The Outer Void''', or the '''Timeless Void''', was a term used in various ways.
  
==History==
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Cosmologically, it describes the uninhabited regions of (non)existence outside [[Time]] and [[Eä|Creation]], the absence of the [[Flame Imperishable]].
Cosmologically, the Void are the uninhabited regions of (non)existence outside [[Time]] and [[Eä|Creation]], the absence of the [[Flame Imperishable]], as it is told that [[Morgoth|Melkor]] used to wander in the Void to look in vain for the Flame Imperishable.<ref name=Ainu>{{S|Ainu}}</ref>
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The [[Timeless Halls]] of [[Ilúvatar]] are apart from the Void; [[Eä]] is created amidst the Void but is not a part of it.<ref name=Ainu></ref>
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[[Morgoth|Melkor]] used to wander in the Void to look in vain for the Flame Imperishable.
  
After his defeat in the [[War of Wrath]], [[Morgoth]] was cast out into the Timeless Void "through the [[Door of Night]] beyond the [[Walls of the World]]",<ref>{{S|24}}</ref> but legends predict that he will return to the World and cause its [[Dagor Dagorath|End]]. The Void thus in that context refers to the vast distant empty spaces of [[Eä]]. This was often confused by [[Elves]] and [[Men]] with the Void that existed before the creation of [[Eä]].<ref>{{MR|P5VII}}</ref>
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The [[Timeless Halls]] of [[Ilúvatar]] seem to be apart from the Void; [[Eä]] is created amidst the Void but is not a part of it.
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After his defeat in the [[War of Wrath]], [[Morgoth|Melkor]] was cast out into the Timeless Void "through the [[Door of Night]] beyond the [[Walls of the World]]", but legends predict that he will return to the World before its end. The Void thus in that context refers to the vast distant empty spaces of [[Eä]]. This was often confused by [[Elves]] and [[Men]] with the Void that existed before the creation of [[Eä]].<ref>{{MR|P5VII}}</ref>
  
 
[[Sauron]]'s spirit also entered the Void after [[The One Ring]] was destroyed.<ref>{{S|IId}}</ref>
 
[[Sauron]]'s spirit also entered the Void after [[The One Ring]] was destroyed.<ref>{{S|IId}}</ref>

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