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'''The Void''', or the '''Timeless Void''' was a term used in various ways, but that in general seems to describe the uninhabited regions of the universe. In particular, the Void is that part of existence outside the World, but the [[Timeless Halls]] of [[Ilúvatar]] seem to be apart from the Void, too. After his defeat in the [[War of Wrath]], [[Melkor]] was cast out into the Timeless Void, but legends predict that he will return to the World before its end.
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'''The Void''', or the '''Timeless Void''' was a term used in various ways.
  
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Cosmologically, it describes the uninhabited regions of existence outside the World, the absence of the [[Flame Imperishable]].
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[[Morgoth|Melkor]] used to wander in the Void to look in vain for the Flame Imperishable.
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The [[Timeless Halls]] of [[Ilúvatar]] seem to be apart from the Void; [[Eä]] is created amidst the Void but is not a part of it.
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After his defeat in the [[War of Wrath]], [[Morgoth|Melkor]] was cast out into the Timeless Void, but legends predict that he will return to the World before its end.
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==Names==
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The Void was also known as the '''Outer Dark''' (or the Outer Darkness), the Everlasting Dark, the Ancient Darkness. [[Quenya]] names were ''Avakúma'', ''Oiakúma''<ref>{{VT|46a}}, p. 8</ref>, and ''[[Kúma]]''.<ref>{{HM|IX}}, p. 31</ref><ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 379</ref>
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Revision as of 15:38, 20 March 2012

"Lost and forgotten be, darker than the darkness,
Where gates stand forever shut, till the World is mended
"
Tom Bombadil, Fog on the Barrow-downs

The Void, or the Timeless Void was a term used in various ways.

Cosmologically, it describes the uninhabited regions of existence outside the World, the absence of the Flame Imperishable.

Melkor used to wander in the Void to look in vain for the Flame Imperishable.

The Timeless Halls of Ilúvatar seem to be apart from the Void; is created amidst the Void but is not a part of it.

After his defeat in the War of Wrath, Melkor was cast out into the Timeless Void, but legends predict that he will return to the World before its end.

Names

The Void was also known as the Outer Dark (or the Outer Darkness), the Everlasting Dark, the Ancient Darkness. Quenya names were Avakúma, Oiakúma[1], and Kúma.[2][3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part Two" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 46, July 2004, p. 8
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The History of Middle-earth Index, p. 31
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 379
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