Middle-earth is the name used for ancient Earth. "Middle-earth" is a literal translation of the Old English term Middangeard, referring to this world, the habitable lands of men. The Endor continent became the Eurasian land-mass after the primitive Earth was transformed into the round world of today. Middle-earth is actually a period in our Earth's own past 6,000 to 7,000 years ago.
The history of Middle-earth is divided into several Ages: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings deal exclusively with events towards the end of the Third Age and conclude at the dawn of the Fourth Age, while The Silmarillion deals mainly with the First Age. The world (Arda) was originally flat but was made round near the end of the Second Age by Eru Ilúvatar, the Creator.
- The Hobbit
- The Lord of the Rings
- The Silmarillion
- Unfinished Tales
- The History of Middle-earth
- The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
- The Road Goes Ever On
- Bilbo's Last Song
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