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Uttermost East

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The Uttermost East refers to the notion of a land in the extreme East of Arda (beyond Rhûn), described in the early versions of the Legendarium.

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Oronto

In The Book of Lost Tales Part One, the easternmost land of Arda was called Oronto ("East"). This region was connected to the Great Lands, laying directly east of Palisor, with no separating water. The huge peak Kalórmë stood in Oronto.[1]

Oromë described the East to the Valar, saying that "there is a silent beach and dark empty seas". It is also told that Aulë and Ulmo "builded great havens [of the Sun and Moon] beside the soundless sea".[1][2]

Land of the Sun

In the Ambarkanta, the Eastern Land, known to the Elves of Aman as the Land of the Sun[3] or the Burnt Land of the Sun[4], was a land east of Middle-earth where the Sun rose at dawn. The land was separated from Endor by the waters of the East Sea.

In the Land of the Sun was a great, curve-shaped mountain range called the Wall of the Sun, which corresponded symmetrically to the Pelóri Mountains of Aman.[3]

Portrayal in adaptations

In the game Middle-earth Role Playing by Iron Crown Enterprises, a Sindarin name for the Uttermost East — Romenor (Easternesse) — was given,[source?] although it does not appear in any of J.R.R. Tolkien's writings. This name is also used in Michael Martinez' Parma Endorion.

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Hiding of Valinor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "V. The Ambarkanta: Commentary on the Ambarkanta"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "V. The Ambarkanta: Of the Fashion of the World"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "V. The Ambarkanta: Map V"