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Cosmology

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Cosmology is the structure of the universe, its creation, and divinities.

was created by Eru Ilúvatar and the Valar in the Ainulindalë. Within it, there is Arda, the world, with its geography and such physical features as the layers of the atmosphere, the Vista, and above it, Ilmen and Vaiya. Above, it was Menel with the stars and constellations.


The landmasses of Arda were encircled by Ekkaia the Outer Sea, and the Walls of Night.

The Ainur govern the world under Eru's mandate.

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Middle-earth Cosmology
 Constellations  Anarríma · Durin's Crown · Menelmacar · Remmirath · Soronúmë · Telumendil · Valacirca · Wilwarin
Stars  Alcarinquë · Borgil · Carnil · Elemmírë · Helluin · Luinil · Lumbar · Morwinyon · Nénar · Star of Eärendil · Til 
The Airs  Aiwenórë · Fanyamar · Ilmen · Menel · Vaiya · Veil of Arda · Vista
Narsilion  Arien · Moon (Isil, Ithil, Rána) · Sun (Anar, Anor, Vása) · Tilion
See Also  Abyss · Arda · Circles of the World · · Timeless Halls · Two Lamps · Two Trees · Void