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Surrounding Arda beyond the Encircling Sea, separating the World from the Timeless Void beyond
The house of Nienna was said to look outward from these Walls
The Door of Night in the West, and presumably also the Gates of Morning in the east1
Other names


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Walls of the World

The ends of Arda

The walls that surrounded Arda and marked its boundaries before it was 'bent' at the time of the Downfall of Númenor.



The Door of Night (through which the Sun and Moon passed as they set) is established as having been in the Walls of the World. The Gates of Morning in the east performed the opposite function: it was through them that the Sun and Moon would rise in the distant east. It seems to follow that the Gates of Morning would also have been in the Walls of the World, though that is never categorically stated.

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