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Time

Time is the life of .[1] The Timeless Halls and the Void are implied to be outside Time. The Time began with Eä and the Valar descending to Arda.[2] Time perhaps represents the sequence of the chords sung by Eru in the Ainulindalë.[3]

The Count of Time begun with the Two Trees[4] (see: Years of the Trees).

The expression Deeps of Time probably loosely refers to the vast extent of Time[5] in the unfathomable past or future, and each specific point is a finite space in the Deeps of Time.[2]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In an excerpt related to The Book of the Lost Tales, Tolkien introduced some Ainur who represented the concept of time, and presented themselves to Manwe: Aluin was the eldest of the Ainur and represented Time itself, and his children were Fanuin (year), Ranuin (month) and Danuin (day).[6] The excerpt however was soon rejected and the concept wasn't advanced.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Fourth section of the Annals of Aman"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur"
  3. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Time"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  5. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Deeps of Time"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "IX. The Hiding of Valinor", p. 219