topon. The World

A Sindarin name for the world appearing only in the name Mîr n’Ardhon “Jewel of the World” (PM/348). Since this name is the translation of Q. Ardamírë, it follows that Ardhon may be a cognate of Q. Arda: “The World, (lit.) Realm”. As such, it may be a combination of some form of S. gardh “region” (in early writings, N. ardh) with a suffixal element -on, possibly the augmentative suffix -on². It is also possible that this form is lenited, and the proper form is Gardhon.

[PM/348.3403] Group: Eldamo. Published by



n. The World, Earth, (lit.) Habitation

[LotR/0967.3601, MR/337.3609, MRI/Ambar.016, MRI/Imbar.016, MS/01.07, PE17/064.0503, PE17/066.0303, PE17/066.0306, PE17/074.4315, PE17/078.0911, PE17/090.3406, PE17/103.3902, PE17/104.0201, PE17/104.4202, PE17/105.2004, PE17/105.3102, PE17/124.1105, PE17/163.3504, PE22/147.1104-1, VT44/36.1801-1, WJ/402.2701, WJI/Ambar.001, WJI/Imbar.001] Group: Eldamo. Published by


topon. The World, (lit.) Realm

One of the Elvish names of the world (S/19, Let/283). It is simply arda “realm” used as a proper name, and refers to the world as the realm of Manwë (MR/349). Properly speaking, this kingdom extends beyond just the world, including Aman and the rest of the Solar System as well (MR/337). This makes this term more expansive than Ambar, which refers only to the world itself, which is contained with Arda. Arda is in turn contained within “Creation”, which is the whole (physical) universe.
In less technical writings, however, Arda and Ambar are often used synonomously.
Conceptual Development: As a name of the world this name seems to have first emerged in Númenórean stories from the 1940s (SD/246).

[LBI/Arda.001, Let/283.0301, LT1I/Arda.001, MR/007.1301, MR/039.1407, MR/254.3901, MR/337.0901, MR/349.2201, MR/405.2111, MRI/Arda.001, PE17/022.0407, PE17/105.2810, PE17/125.4002, PE17/150.0216-1, PE17/150.0304-1, PMI/Arda.001, RGEO/66.3806, RSI/Arda.001, S/019.0209, SI/Arda.001, UTI/Arda.001, WJ/206.1806-1, WJ/402.2001, WJI/Arda.001] Group: Eldamo. Published by


the world, all the regions inhabited by men

irmin noun "the world, all the regions inhabited by Men" (LT2:343; hardly a valid word in Tolkien's later Quenya)

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