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Ilmen

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Ilmen (Q, pron. [ˈilmen]) was a part of the atmosphere that surrounded the world of Arda before the cataclysm at the end of the Second Age. Ilmen formed the outer layer of normal air: unlike Vaiya it only existed above Arda itself. Below Ilmen was the inner air, Vista.

The Moon passed through Ilmen on its way around the world, plunging down the Chasm of Ilmen on its way back.

Names

In some manuscripts, Tolkien used the name Elenarda, the "Stellar Kingdom", for Ilmen.[1][2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "V. The Ambarkanta", pp. 240-1, 242-3, 253
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part One" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 45, November 2003, p. 16
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