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(Quenya; IPA: [ˈe.a]) is what would become the term for the whole star system of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium, as a realization of the vision of the Ainur. The name literally means "be" or "exist". Middle-earth was a continent on the planet the Elves named Arda (i.e. Earth), while refers to the entire star system containing Arda.

The Ainur, angelic beings from the Timeless Halls beyond Eä, referred to it as "the Little Kingdom". This refers to the fact that within the mind of Eru Ilúvatar (God, in Tolkien's legendarium), all of Tolkien’s star system is really just a tiny thing in comparison.[1]

HistoryEdit

Eä was first spoken by Eru Ilúvatar with which he brought into actuality. Eru commanded that the Eä "be!", "[Let it] be!", and then it was. It may be assumed that everything outside Eä, including the Timeless Halls of Ilúvatar, had no material form.

EtymologyEdit

is a Quenya word that meant to be. Thus, Eä is the World that Is, as distinguished from the World that Is Not.

See alsoEdit

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic إيا
Greek Έα
Russian Эа

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion