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The East Sea was a vast and ancient sea in Arda.

HistoryEdit

The East Sea came into being after Melkor threw down the Two Lamps which destroyed Almaren and the perfect symmetry of Arda in the chaos and destruction that followed. At one point it is shown on a map of Arda after the destruction Almaren, being simply between the new Endor (Middle-earth) and the new Land of the Sun. In this very early time, the East Sea is shown as having a very simple C-shape with no connection to the also newly formed Belegaer.[1]

By the time of the Great Journey of Elves, the maps show the East Sea as a vast curved ocean spanning thousands of miles between Middle-earth's Uttermost East and its Hither Lands to the Uttermost South, and the mysterious Dark Land, and also extending into a more narrow area between the Dark Land and the Land of the Sun. At this time, it is not known whether it had any connections to the Belegaer in the south of the world but it did share a connection with the Ekkaia in the north of the world.[1]

After the First Age and the War of Wrath, the maps show the East Sea's part between Middle-earth and the Dark Land now known as the Inner Seas and the East Sea limited to the sea between the Dark Land's eastern coast, and the Land of the Sun's western coast. The Númenórean mariners were known to have sailed this sea coming from the darkness in the far north of the world where the Inner Seas connected with the Ekkaia. Here, they glimpsed the place of the rising Sun and sailed down to the Nether Darkness in the farthest south of the world.[2][3] It probably ceased to exist after the Change of the World.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Oos See
Albanian Lindja Deti
Amharic ምሥራቅ ባህር
Arabic بحر الشرق
Armenian Արեւելք ծով
Azerbaijani Şərq Dəniz
Bashkir Көнсығыш Диңгеҙ
Basque Ekialde Itsaso
Belarusian Cyrillic Усход Мора
Bosnian Istok More
Breton Reter Mor
Bulgarian Cyrillic Изток Море
Catalan Est Mar
Cebuano Sidlakan Dagat
Chinese 東 海
Cornish Est Mor
Croatian Istok More
Czech Východ Moře
Danish Øst Hav
Dutch Oost Zee
Esperanto Orienta Maro
Estonian Ida Meri
Filipino Silangan Dagat
Finnish Itä Meri
French Mer de l'Est
Galician Leste Mar
Georgian აღმოსავლეთი ზღვა
German Ostmeer
Greek Ανατολή Θάλασσα
Gujarati પૂર્વ સમુદ્ર
Haitian Creole Lès Lanmè
Hebrew מזרח ים
Hindi पूर्व सागर
Hungarian Kelet Tenger
Indonesian Laut Timur
Icelandic Austur Sjór
Irish Gaelic Oirthear Farraige
Italian Est Mare
Japanese 東 海
Javanese Wétan Segara
Kannada ಪೂರ್ವ ಸಮುದ್ರ
Kazakh Cyrillic Шығыс Теңіз
Komi Асыввыв Саридз
Korean 동해
Kurdish ه‌است سه‌ا (Arabic script) Rojhilat Derya (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Чыгыш деңиз
Lao ພາກຕາເວັນອອກ ທະເລ
Latin Oriens Mare
Latvian Austrumi Jūra
Lithuanian Rytai Jūra
Luxembourgish Osten Mier
Macedonian Cyrillic Исток Море
Malay Timur Laut
Maltese Lvant Baħar
Manx Mooir Hiar
Marathi पूर्व दिशा समुद्र
Mongolian Cyrillic Дорно Тэнгис
Navajo Haʼaʼaahjí Tónteel
Nepalese पूर्व समुद्र
Newari वंता समुद्र
Norwegian Øst Hav
Occitan Èst Mar
Pashto ختيځ د بحر د
Persian دریای شرقی
Polish Wschód Morze
Portuguese Mar do Leste
Punjabi ਪੂਰਬ ਸਮੁੰਦਰ
Romanian Est Mare
Romansh Ost Mar
Russian Восток Море
Sakha Илин Байҕал
Samoan Sase Sami
Sanskrit पूर्वी समुद्र
Scottish Gaelic An ear a 'mhuir
Serbian Исток Море (Cyrillic) Istok More (Latin)
Shona Mabvazuva Gungwa
Slovak Východ More
Slovenian Vzhod Morje
Somalian Bari Bad
Spanish Mar del Este
Sudanese Wétan Sagara
Swahili Mashariki Bahari
Swedish Öster Hav
Tajik Cyrillic Шарқ Баҳр
Tamil கிழக்கு கடல்
Tatar Көнчыгыш Диңгез
Telugu తూర్పు సముద్రం
Thai ทิศตะวันออก ทะเล
Tulu ಮೂಡಾಯಿ ಕಡಲ್‍
Turkish Doğu Deniz
Ukrainian Cyrillic Схід Море
Urdu مشرق بحیرہ
Uzbek Еаст Сеа (Cyrillic) Sharq Dengiz (Latin)
Vietnamese Biển Đông
Welsh Môr Dwyrain
Yiddish מיזרח ים
Yucatec Maya Le K'áak'náabo'

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Introduction"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Voyages of the Númenóreans"
  3. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)

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