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Walls of the World

"...as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world..."
Of Beren and Lúthien

The Walls of the World were the walls that surrounded Arda.[1] It is not clear what lay beyond them and what they separated.

Nienna's halls that were "west of West, upon the borders of the world", had windows that looked outward from the walls of the world.[2]

Morgoth was cast outside the Walls, through the Door of Night, to the Timeless Void, and ever since they are guarded.[3][4]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In earlier cosmology such as the Ambarkanta, the Walls of the World were called Ilurambar (q.v.) in Qenya and they bounded the layer of Vaiya.

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References

  1. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: [Section] 19", p. 164