Arda Unmarred

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Tom ... knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless – before the Dark Lord came from Outside.

For nothing is evil in the beginning. Even Sauron was not so.

Arda Unmarred (Val. Aþāraphelūn Amanaišal,[3] Q. Arda Alahasta[4] or Arda Vanya[5]) is a concept in Elvish religion and philosophy. It refers to Arda (the world) as it existed in a perfect state following its creation, as opposed to Arda Marred, the flawed world as it currently exists. Arda Unmarred was a world not yet tainted by the evil of Morgoth. This reflects the original intention of the creator, Eru Ilúvatar, and his servants the Ainur.

The Elves lament the spiritual and physical corruption of Arda. They live in hope that one day this damage will be undone and the world will be purged of all evil, restoring it to a paradise state.

See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "In the House of Tom Bombadil"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language': Note on the 'Language of the Valar'", p. 401
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: Later versions of the Story of Finwë and Míriel", p. 254
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 150