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"Illuin (the Spring of Arda)" by Šárka Škorpíková

Illuin was one of the Two Lamps of the Valar, made by Aulë, filled by Varda and hallowed by Manwë in ancient days to bring light to the world. It was destroyed by Melkor, and where it fell it created the inland Sea of Helcar. It was set up in the northern part of Middle-earth while the other Lamp, Ormal was set up in the south.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The meaning of Illuin is unclear,[2] but it could be a combination of ilu ("all") and luin ("blue").


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: The History of the Silmarils"
  2. Paul Strack, "Q. Illuin pn.", Eldamo (accessed 21 November 2019)