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The Twilight

The final fate of the Elves

A term used in the Tale of Aragorn and Arwen in apparent reference to the Blessed Realm in the West. It is used in explicit opposition to the Shadow (the Shadow of Sauron lay in the East, while the Twilight lay in the West of the World). Arwen described the Twilight as the final home of her people the Elves, before renouncing her immortality to remain with Aragorn in Middle-earth.

The term may also have a second layer of more poetic meaning, connected with the fading of the Elves in Middle-earth as the Dominion of Men became established there. It may even have a third layer, as Arwen was known as the Evenstar of her people, a reference to the Evening Star, Venus (or Eärendil) that emerges in the Twilight as the Sun sets.

The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen was originally written in Elvish, which has two terms for Twilight. Given that the Twilight is there explicitly connected with the West, and therefore the setting Sun, the English form 'Twilight' is presumably a translation of Elvish Aduial, the twilight of evening.


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