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‘High Heaven’

"...there strong and free a storm arose,
a wind of power in Tarmenel..."
Bilbo's Song of Eärendil
The Fellowship of the Ring II 1
Many Meetings

An Elvish term that clearly translates as 'high heaven', though as it only appears in Bilbo's rhyme quoted above, it's hard to be sure exactly what the term referred to. In Elvish cosmology, the world was enfolded in different layers of airs, and it seems that Tarmenel was a term for the highest or outermost of these - the 'Over-heaven' mentioned later in The Lord of the Rings.

See also...

Over-heaven, The Firmament

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