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The landmass lying to the east of the Great Sea
Literally 'middle land', but usually translated 'Middle-earth'
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‘Middle Land’; a Quenya name for Middle-earth

A term from the Quenya tongue, meaning 'Middle Land', the equivalent in that language of 'Middle-earth'. In fact Quenya was not widely spoken in Middle-earth itself (most Quenya speakers dwelt in the West), and Endóre would have been seen as an archaic or poetic form among those living east of the Great Sea. The more common Elvish forms of the name in the Hither Lands would be Sindarin Endor or Ennor, etymologically related words that carried the same meaning.

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