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Gandalf enters the void for a 'short' time.

"There is no life in void... Only death. "
Sauron, to Frodo Baggins

The Void was an area beyond Arda and the world, which may have been the equivalent to space or the universe.


According to the Ainulindalë, Ilúvatar, the All-father, dwelt in the Timeless Halls that are separate from the Void. Before the creation of , Melkor searched this space thoroughly for the Flame Imperishable, the source of Eru's creative power, but was unsuccessful. It is believed that many creatures evolved in the Void due to the discords in the Music of the Ainur caused by Melkor.[1] Ungoliant may even have been one of these creatures. Later, after his defeat in the War of Wrath, Morgoth was cast out into the Void, but legends predict that he will return to the World before its end in Dagor Dagorath.[2]

Other NamesEdit

The Void was also known as the Outer Void, the Timeless Void, the Everlasting Dark, the Ancient Darkness, and the Outside.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Leemte
Albanian I pavlefshëm
Arabic الفراغ
Armenian անվավեր
Azerbaijani Etibarsız
Belarusian Cyrillic пустата
Bengali অকার্যকর
Bosnian Praznina
Bulgarian Cyrillic недействителен
Burmese လယာ
Cambodian ចាត់ទុកជាមោឃៈ
Catalan Nul
Cebuano Kahaw
Corsican Immensu
Croatian Ništavilo
Czech Prázdnota
Danish Tomhed
Dutch Leegte
Esperanto Malplenon
Estonian Tühjus
Faroese Ósettur
Filipino Walang bisa
Finnish Tyhjyys
French Vide
Georgian ბათილად
German Leere
Greek Κενός
Gujarati રદબાતલ
Haiti Creole Anile
Hebrew בָּטֵל
Hindi शून्य
Hungarian Üres
Icelandic Ógilt
Indonesian Membatalkan
Igbo Adabaghi
Irish Gaelic Neamhní
Italian Il Vuoto
Japanese 空洞
Kannada ಶೂನ್ಯ
Kazakh Cyrillic жарамсыз
Kurdish ڤۆید (Arabic Script) Nederbas (Latin)
Latin Vacuum
Latvian Tukšums
Lithuanian Niekinis
Luxembourgish Ongëlteg
Macedonian Cyrillic празнина
Malay Tidak sah
Malayalam ശൂനം
Manx Follym
Marathi रिकामा
Mongolian Cyrillic Хүчин төгөлдөр бус
Nepalese शून्य
Norwegian Tomrom
Occitan Vuèg
Pashto باطل
Persian باطل شدن
Polish Pustka
Portuguese Vazio
Punjabi ਬੇਕਾਰ
Romanian Gol
Russian пустота
Scottish Gaelic Gun stàth
Serbian празнина (Cyrillic) Praznina (Latin)
Sesotho Hlokisa
Sinhalese ප්රාණියකු
Slovak Prázdnota
Slovenian Praznine
Spanish Vacío
Sudanese Kakosongan
Swedish Vakuum/Tomrum/Tomhet
Tajik Cyrillic холӣ
Tamil வெற்றிடத்தை
Telugu శూన్యమైన
Thai สุญญภูมิ
Turkish Geçersiz
Turkmen Boşluk
Ukrainian Cyrillic порожнеча
Urdu خلا
Uzbek Ҳафсаласизлик (Cyrillic) Hafsalasizlik (Latin)
Yiddish פּאָסל
Yoruba Ṣ'ofo


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter I: "Of the Beginning of Days"
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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