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Araman

Type: Islands & Coasts

Region: Aman

Meaning: outside Aman

Location: The forsaken coastal lands of eastern Aman, north of the Bay of Eldamar and south of the Helcaraxë.

Description:

Meanwhile Morgoth escaping from the pursuit of the Valar came to the wastes of Araman. This land lay northward between the Mountains of the Pelóri and the Great Sea, as Avathar lay to the south; but Araman was a wider land, and between the shores and the mountains were barren plains, ever colder as the Ice drew nearer. Through this region Morgoth and Ungoliant passed in haste, and so came through the great mists of Oiomúrë to the Helcaraxë, where the strait between Araman and Middle-earth was filled with grinding ice....

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 9, Of the Flight of the Noldor

... Taniquetil was set nigh to the girdle of Arda, and there the Great Sea was immeasurably wide, whereas ever northward the sundering seas grew narrower, as the wasteland of Araman and the coasts of Middle-earth drew together.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 9, Of the Flight of the Noldor

[They] found no trace or rumour of [Melkor] beyond the shores of the Teleri, in the unpeopled wastes that drew near to the Ice.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 8, Of The Darkening of Valinor


Etymology
ar-  'beside, outside' (whence Quenya ar 'and', Sindarin a), probably in Araman 'outside Aman'; cf. also (Nirnaeth) Arnoediad '(Tears) without reckoning'....

man-  'good, blessed, unmarred' in Aman, Manwë; derivatives of Aman in Amandil, Araman, Úmanyar.

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 29Nov05

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