Indie kid to the end
- Sep 8, 2001
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In all my readings, I do not think I have ever found why Middle-earth is called Middle-earth! Does any of the learned out there know why it called that?
There were Three Major continents!! Sun Lands, Middle-Earth and Aman. You should know this. ME was in the middle. And I don't think anyone would name his continent "Middle" if it wasn't in the middle. In Norse mythology Midgård ment "Middle-Earth" 'cos it were between the realms of ice and fire. But I'm sure of that this had nothing to do with naming of ME. Tolkien didn't just stole Midgård name and translated it to English.Originally posted by Pontifex
Hmm, no I don't think so. I could be wrong, but this is my theory: Aman is in the uttermost West. Then [was] Númenor, and then came Middle-Earth. The two major continents of Arda were Aman and Middle-Earth.
Cian will punctuate this, but I have read a passage from some old Norse mythology, which went something like, "Earendel, come down to the aid of Men, down to Middle-Earth". *help!*
"It is a modernization or alteration (... my edit ...) of an old word for the inhabited world of Men, the oikoumené: middle because thought of vaguely set amidst the encircling Seas and (in the northern-imagination) between ice of the North and the fire of the South. O. English middan-geard, mediæval E. midden-erd, middle-erd. Many reviewers seem to assume that Middle-earth is another planet!" ~ JRRT Letters