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Location
The highest of the heavens over Arda
Meaning
The region that lay 'over' all other airs of Arda, separating the world from the Void beyond
Other names
Ilmen, Tarmenel; perhaps equivalent to the 'Firmament'

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Over-heaven

The highest of the heavens

"The names of all the stars, and of all living things, and the whole history of Middle-earth and Over-heaven and of the Sundering Seas."
Pippin's request of Gandalf
The Two Towers III 7
The Palantír

In Elvish cosmology, Over-heaven was the highest of several levels of 'airs', the domain of the stars far above Arda. Beneath them the Sun and Moon travelled through the sky. This highest level of the heavens was known to the Elves as Ilmen (and also by the poetic name Tarmenel).


See also...

Tarmenel, The Firmament

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