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Walls of Night

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The Walls of the Night were the outer walls of the world beyond Ekkaia that surrounded Arda as its boundaries in the Elder Days.

In the North and South, Ekkaia was narrower and the Walls were closer to the north and south lands of Arda. During the time of the Lamps of the Valar, Melkor came from the Void over the Walls of Night into the north of Arda, and secretly built Utumno.

In East and West, Ekkaia was wider and the distance from the land was greater; the Doors of Night were an opening in the west. The Gates of Morning are also mentioned, but it is not known if these were an equivalent eastern opening on the same Walls.[1]


  1. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Walls of the Night"
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