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The Elder Days by Bmosig

The days of the Lamps of the Valar, by Bmosig.

The Two Lamps, also known as The Lamps of the Valar, refer to Illuin (Sky-blue), the lamp which formerly stood at the northern end of Arda and Ormal (High-gold) which stood at the southern end of Arda.



After the Valar entered the world and brought order to the seas and the lands and the mountains, and subdued the fires of Melkor, there was a need for light. Aulë at the prayer of Yavanna forged two mighty lamps, Illuin and Ormal. Varda filled the lamps with light and Manwë hallowed them, and the Valar set them up on high pillars, Illuin in the furthest north upon the pillar of Helcar, Ormal in the deepest south upon the pillar of Ringol. In the middle of Arda, where the light of the lamps mingled, amid the Great Lake lay the Isle of Almaren, where the Valar dwelt.[1]


The pillars were cast down and their lamps broken by Melkor. Lands were broken, seas arose in tumult, and destroying flame from the broken lamps poured out over the Earth, marring it, causing the Valar to flee Middle-earth for the Land of Aman, where they established the domain of Valinor.[1] Where Illuin fell, the Sea of Helcar was formed, of which Cuiviénen was a bay.[2]

Other Versions of the LegendariumEdit

In Tolkien's older writings (not used in the published version of The Silmarillion), the Valar sought peace with Melkor, asking his assistance with fixing the lamps upon Arda. Melkor, still envious and hateful of the rest of the Valar, agreed to give them a strong, sturdy substance. He gave Aulë ice. Melkor permitted the Valar to do as they wished until the fateful day when the Lamps' light and heat finally melted the ice. The pillars crashed upon Arda, flooding it with water and darkness.[citation needed]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Twee Lampe
Albanian Dy Llambat
Amharic ሁለቱ መቅረዞች
Arabic اثنين من مصابيح
Armenian երկու լամպեր
Azerbaijani Iki Işıqlar
Belarusian Cyrillic дзве лямпы
Bengali দুই আলো
Bosnian Dva Lampe
Bulgarian Cyrillic Две лампи
Cambodian ចង្កៀងពីរ
Catalan Dos Llums
Cebuano Duha ka mga lamparahan
Chinese 两个灯
Croatian Dvije Svjetiljke
Czech Dvě Lampy
Danish To Lamper
Dutch Twee Lampen
Esperanto Du Lampoj
Estonian Kaks Lampi
Filipino Dalawang Lampara
Finnish Kaksi Lamppua
French Deux Lampes
Frisian Twa Lampen
Galician Dúas Lámpadas
Georgian ორი ლამპრები
German Zwei Leuchten
Greek δύο Λάμπες
Gujarati બે દીવીઓ
Haiti Creole De Lanp
Hausa Biyu Fitilu
Hebrew שתי מנורות
Hindi दो लैंप
Hungarian Két Lámpák
Icelandic Tveir Lampar
Igbo Abụọ Oriọna
Indonesian Dua Lampu
Irish Gaelic Dhá Lampaí
Italian Due Lampade
Japanese 2つのランプ
Laotian ສອງໂຄມໄຟ
Latin Duo Lucernas
Latvian Divas Lampas
Lithuanian Du Žibintai
Luxembourgish Zwou Luuchten
Kannada ಎರಡು ದೀಪಗಳು
Kazakh Cyrillic екі шамдар
Korean 두 램프
Kurdish توۆ لامپس (Arabic script) Du Qendîl (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic эки чырак
Macedonian Cyrillic две светилки
Maori Rama e Rua
Malagasy Roa lela fanaovan-jiro
Malay Dua Lampu
Malayalam രണ്ടു നിലവിളക്കും
Maltese Żewġ Fanali
Marathi दोन दिवे
Mongolian Cyrillic хоёр Чийдэн
Nepalese दुई ल्याम्प
Norwegian To Lamper
Pashto دوه څراغونه
Persian دو لامپ
Polish Dwie Lampy
Portuguese Duas Lâmpadas
Punjabi ਦੋ ਦੀਵੇ
Querétaro Otomi Yoho ya Lámparas
Romanian Două Lămpi
Romansh Lampa Dus ?
Russian Две лампы
Samoan Lamepa Lua
Scottish Gaelic Dà Lampaichean
Serbian dva Лампе (Cyrillic) Dve Lampe (Latin)
Sinhalese ලාම්පු දෙක
Slovak Dve Lampy
Slovenian Dve Svetilki
Somali Laba Laambadihii
Spanish Dos Lámparas
Swahili Taa Mbili
Swedish Två Lampor
Tajik Cyrillic Ду чароғҳои
Tamil இரண்டு விளக்குகள்
Telugu రెండు దీపాలు
Thai โคมไฟสอง
Turkish Iki Lamba
Turkmen Iki Lampa ?
Ukrainian Cyrillic дві лампи
Urdu دو لیمپ
Uzbek Икки Лампалар (Cyrillic) Ikki Lampalar (Latin)
Vietnamese Hai đèn
Welsh Dau Lampau
Yiddish צוויי לאַמפּס
Yucatec Maya Ka'atúul Lámparas
Zulu Izibani Ezimbili


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter I: "Of the Beginning of Days"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The First Age, The Elder Days, "Introduction"

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