Arda Unmarred

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

Arda Unmarred (Val. Aþāraphelūn Amanaišal,[2] Q. Arda Alahasta) 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.

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  2. 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'"