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"The wise will stay here and hope to rebuild our town..." — Master of Lake-town
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Legendarium is the term J.R.R. Tolkien used for his written works about the mythology of .

Writings of the legendarium

Here follows a list of all published texts by Tolkien relating to Arda. For a discussion of the "canonical" status of the texts, consult the page Canon.

Legendarium: the concept

The term 'legendarium' can be found in several places in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien:

Letter 131: "This legendarium ends with a vision of the end of the world..."

Letter 153: "...my legendarium, especially the 'Downfall of Númenor' which lies immediately behind The Lord of the Rings, is based on my view..."

Letter 154: "Actually in the imagination of this story we are now living on a physically round Earth. But the whole 'legendarium' contains a transition from a flat world..."

Letter 163: "But the beginning of the legendarium, of which the Trilogy is part (the conclusion), was an attempt to reorganise some of the Kalevala ...."

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