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"a complete consistency [...] is not to be looked for, and could only be achieved, if at all, at heavy and needless cost." — Christopher Tolkien
This article's canonicity is disputed.
The Gate of Morn depicted by Roger Garland.

The Gates of Morning were situated somewhere in the East of the World. While it is said that the great Númenórean mariners, from "their high prows", glimpsed the Gates of Morning during their travels across the seas, nothing further is known about these Gates.[1][2][3]

Other versions of the legendarium

In the mythology of The Book of Lost Tales appears the Gates of Morn or Gates of East, through which the Sun re-entered the World, after having travelled through the Outer Dark (the Sun left the World through the Door of Night).[4]

However, with the "Sketch of the Mythology" Tolkien re-thought the astronomical foundations of his mythology,[5] and Christopher Tolkien has therefore remarked that the re-appearance of such a concept in many versions of the story of Akallabêth is astonishing.[6][3]

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part One: II. The Fall of Númenor", pp. 14, 25
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The History of the Akallabêth", p. 149 (note to §13)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Hiding of Valinor", pp. 216, 219
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "II. The Earliest 'Silmarillion': Commentary on the 'Sketch of the Mythology'", "[Section] 6", p. 49
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part One: II. The Fall of Númenor, (ii) The first version of The Fall of Númenor", p. 20 (note to §3)