|History of Arda|
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The Years of the Lamps, known also as the Spring of Arda, was the first of the three great time-periods of Arda.
After the Valar entered Arda, they found it flat and lifeless with no distinct geographical features. The initial shape of Arda, chosen by the Valar, was of a symmetrical continent. Needing light, the Valar found and collected the misty light veiled on the barren ground. The Valar concentrated this light into two large lamps, Illuin and Ormal. Then the Vala Aulë forged great towers: one in the north, Helcar, and another in the south, Ringol - and the world was lit by the two lamps, positioned upon the towers in the north and south, one in the continents, the other in the oceans. The Valar dwelt in the middle of the world where the light of the lamps mingled, at the island of Almaren in the middle of a Great Lake. But Almaren was not the only kingdom built in this time. Far to the north, the evil Maia spirits gathered and Melkor entered Arda.
In secret, while the Valar rested from their labours, Melkor raised the vast Iron Mountains and built his fortress Utumno. The era of the lamps came to an end when Melkor assailed and destroyed the Two Lamps and Arda was again darkened, and the lamps' fall spoiled the perfect symmetry of Arda's surface. Afterwards four main continents were created: Aman in the far West, Middle-earth in the middle, Land of the Sun in the far East, and the Dark Land in the far South. At the site where the northern lamp was later the inland Sea of Helcar, of which Cuiviénen was a bay. Afterwards, the Valar settled in Aman and created the Two Trees and the Years of the Trees began.
The time of the Lamps spanned a total of 1600 Valian Years, some 15,331.2 Years of the Sun.
|3400||Tulkas weds Nessa.
Translations around the WorldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Afrikaans||Jaar van die Lampe|
|Albanian||Vitet e llambave ?|
|Bulgarian||години на лампите|
|Catalan||Any de les Làmpades|
|Dutch||Jaar van de Lampen|
|Esperanto||Jaroj de la Lampoj|
|French||Années des Lampes|
|Galician||Anos das Lámpadas|
|German||Zeitalter vor den Tagen|
|Greek||Έτη των Φανών|
|Haitian Creole||Ane de lanp yo ?|
|Hebrew||שנים של המנורות|
|Hungarian||A Lámpások kora|
|Icelandic||ár af lömpum ?|
|Irish Gaelic||Bliain de na Lampaí|
|Italian||Anni delle Lampade|
|Kurdish||ساڵانى گڵۆپەكە ?|
|Norwegian||År av Lamper|
|Pashto||د کلونو کلونو د څراغونو ?|
|Portuguese||Anos de Lâmpadas|
|Romanian||De ani de la Lămpi|
|Spanish||Año de las Lámparas|
|Swedish||år av lamporna|
|Vietnamese||tuổi của các loại đèn|
|Welsh||Blynedd y Lampau|
|Yiddish||יאר פון די לאַמפּס|