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Existed before the creation of the World
Beyond the Walls of the World, surrounding Arda in all directions
Other names
The Outer Void, The Timeless Void


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  • Updated 6 February 2015
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The emptiness beyond the World

A term used by Tolkien in various ways, but that in general seems to describe the uninhabited regions of the universe. In particular, the Void is that part of existence outside the World, but the Timeless Halls of Ilúvatar seem to be apart from the Void, too. After his defeat in the War of Wrath, Melkor was cast out into the Void, but legends predict that he will return to the World before its end.

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