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Location
Southward of Valinor in the Undying Lands
Race
Divisions
Important peaks
Hyarmentir perhaps stood in this region1
Meaning
A place of enduring darkness2
Other names
Night of Naught; possibly equivalent to, or partially within, the region of Avathar

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Evernight

A shadowy region of southern Aman

A dark, shadow-shrouded region, apparently at least partially covered by the ocean, that lay to the south of Valinor. Eärendil passed through Evernight, also called Night of Naught, on his epic journey into the West. The name only appears in Bilbo's Song of Eärendil, making it hard to identify with certainty. From its context in the poem, though, it seems to be a reference to part of the Shadowy Seas that formed part of the defences of Aman.


Notes

1

We have only the vaguest description of Evernight, so we cannot be sure where its boundaries lay. Hyarmentir was a peak that lay to the south of Valinor, which therefore places it in the same general region as Evernight, and so we might reasonably imagine it as lying within that area, though it is impossible to state this with certainty.

2

The reason that Evernight was associated with endless darkness is not explained. It presumably lay eastward of the Mountains of Defence, and would therefore have been shadowed from the Light of the Trees during the time they shone in Valinor. That offers a possible explanation for the name's origins, though when Eärendil passed through this region the Trees were long gone and the Sun would have shone down on the land, so 'Evernight' seems an odd description. We know that Ungoliant had dwelt in the southern lands in ages past, and webbed the mountains in darkness, so perhaps this offers an alternative reading of the name's meaning.

See also...

Evereven

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