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Firmament

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The word ''Firmament'' seems to be used interchangeably as a term for two distinct places. According to ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', the Firmament seems to encompass the highest spaces of the infinite [[Timeless Halls|abode]] of [[Ilúvatar]] and the [[Ainur]]; however,the [[Timeless Halls|abode]] of [[Ilúvatar]] and the [[Ainur]] also seems to not be a part of [[Eä]] and would therefore be distinct from the Firmament of [[Arda]]<ref>{{S|Ainu}}</ref>, the Firmament that contains the stars<ref>{{PE|17}}, p 24.</ref>.
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The '''Firmament''' encompasses the highest spaces of the infinite [[Timeless Halls|abode]] of [[Ilúvatar]] and the [[Ainur]].<ref>{{S|Ainu}}</ref>
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== Etymology ==
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In both [[Quenya]] and [[Sindarin]], the word for firmament is ''[[Menel]]'', though it has other senses too.<ref>{{PE|17}}, p 24.</ref>
 
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Latest revision as of 20:11, 27 October 2013

The Firmament encompasses the highest spaces of the infinite abode of Ilúvatar and the Ainur.[1]

[edit] Etymology

In both Quenya and Sindarin, the word for firmament is Menel, though it has other senses too.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p 24.
Middle-earth Cosmology
 Constellations  Anarríma · Durin's Crown · Menelmacar · Remmirath · Soronúmë · Telumendil · Valacirca · Wilwarin
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