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A reference to time on a cosmic scale
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An archaic form of the phrase 'depths of time'1

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Deeps of Time

The long ages of the universe

"And thus was the habitation of the Children of Ilúvatar established at last in the Deeps of Time and amidst the innumerable stars."
Ainulindalë

A term used to describe the vast age of , the universe. It is used particularly in reference to the foundation of Arda, which is described as being within the Deeps of Time and the great empty spaces of the cosmos. This use of the term shows not only the vastness of the universe, but also the precision and detail of Ilúvatar's creation in focussing on a realm that, though an entire World to its inhabitants, was a tiny point in comparison to the age and extent of as a whole.


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In Old English, the word 'deep' (actually dēp or dēop) could be used as a noun for a deep or profound thing. In modern English the usual noun form would be 'depth', so in the phrase 'Deeps of Time' Tolkien is modernising the older usage from Anglo-Saxon English. He uses a similar approach elsewhere, as for example in 'Helm's Deep', or in the use of the word 'Deep' for the levels of Khazad-dûm that descended below ground level.

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