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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]]''}}
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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]], ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', "[[Fog on the Barrow-downs]]"}}
  
'''The Void''', or the '''Timeless Void''', was a term used in various ways.
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'''The Outer Void''', or the '''Timeless Void''', was a term used in various ways.
  
Cosmologically, it describes the uninhabited regions of existence outside the World, the absence of the [[Flame Imperishable]].
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==History==
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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>
  
[[Morgoth|Melkor]] used to wander in the Void to look in vain for the Flame Imperishable.
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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>
  
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]] 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>
  
After his defeat in the [[War of Wrath]], [[Morgoth|Melkor]] was cast out into the Timeless Void, but legends predict that he will return to the World before its end. The Void into which Morgoth was cast, which surrounded Arda and was thus a part of [[]], 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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[[Sauron]]'s spirit also entered the Void after [[The One Ring]] was destroyed.<ref>{{S|IId}}</ref>
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It is also possible [[Gandalf]]'s spirit entered the Void after his battle with the Balrog in Moria, as he "passed out of thought and time."<ref>{{TT|III5}}</ref>
  
 
==Names==
 
==Names==
The Void was also known as the '''Outer Dark''' (or the Outer Darkness), the Everlasting Dark, the Ancient Darkness. [[Quenya]] names were ''Avakúma'', ''Oiakúma''<ref>{{VT|46a}}, p. 8</ref>, and ''[[Kúma]]''.<ref>{{HM|IX}}, p. 31</ref><ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 379</ref>
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The Void was also known as the '''Outer Dark''' (or the Outer Darkness), the '''Everlasting Dark''', the '''Ancient Darkness'''. [[Qenya]] names were ''Avakúma'', ''Oiakúma''<ref>{{VT|46a}}, p. 8</ref>, and ''[[Kúma]]''.<ref>{{HM|IX}}, p. 31</ref><ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 379</ref>
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"Lost and forgotten be, darker than the darkness,
Where gates stand forever shut, till the World is mended
"
Tom Bombadil, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Fog on the Barrow-downs"

The Outer Void, or the Timeless Void, was a term used in various ways.

[edit] History

Cosmologically, the Void are the uninhabited regions of (non)existence outside Time and Creation, the absence of the Flame Imperishable, as it is told that Melkor used to wander in the Void to look in vain for the Flame Imperishable.[1]

The Timeless Halls of Ilúvatar are apart from the Void; is created amidst the Void but is not a part of it.[1]

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",[2] but legends predict that he will return to the World and cause its End. The Void thus in that context refers to the vast distant empty spaces of . This was often confused by Elves and Men with the Void that existed before the creation of .[3]

Sauron's spirit also entered the Void after The One Ring was destroyed.[4]

It is also possible Gandalf's spirit entered the Void after his battle with the Balrog in Moria, as he "passed out of thought and time."[5]

[edit] Names

The Void was also known as the Outer Dark (or the Outer Darkness), the Everlasting Dark, the Ancient Darkness. Qenya names were Avakúma, Oiakúma[6], and Kúma.[7][8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Five. Myths Transformed", "[Text] VII"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Enemies"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The White Rider"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part Two" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 46, July 2004, p. 8
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The History of Middle-earth Index, p. 31
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 379
Middle-earth Cosmology
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Stars  Alcarinquë · Borgil · Carnil · Elemmírë · Helluin · Luinil · Lumbar · Morwinyon · Nénar · Star of Eärendil · Til 
The Airs  Aiwenórë · Fanyamar · Ilmen · Menel · Vaiya · Veil of Arda · Vista
Narsilion  Arien · Moon (Isil, Ithil, Rána) · Sun (Anar, Anor, Vása) · Tilion
See Also  Abyss · Arda · Circles of the World · · Timeless Halls · Two Lamps · Two Trees · Void