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The Shadowy Seas was an enchanted sea that lay closest to the shores of the Undying Lands, to the east of Tol Eressëa.

According to the The Atlas of Middle-earth, the Shadowy Seas covered the coastline area of Aman in a net formation some one-thousand miles measured from north to south.[1]

History

After the rebellion of the Ñoldor and the rising of the Moon, the Valar decided to further shield their realm from the outside world preventing any intruders from finding Aman, especially the rebel Ñoldor from returning. They darkened the immediate sea with spells as well as lack of light and created a chain of Enchanted Isles, each of which had the power to cause any mariner braving this region to fall into an eternal sleep.[2] Throughout the centuries that followed, no ship reached the shores of Aman, until Eärendil the Mariner finally succeeded in passing through the shadows of the Shadowy Seas.[3]

Notes

  • Tolkien may have based the sea off the impossibility of entering heaven freely.

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Skaduwee Seë
Albanian Hije Dete
Amharic ሚስጥራዊ ባሕርዎች
Arabic البحار الضبابية
Armenian ստվերային ծովեր
Azerbaijani Kölgəli Dənizləri
Belarusian Cyrillic Ценявы мо́рах
Bengali ছায়াময় সমুদ্রগুলো
Bosnian Tajanstvenim morima
Bulgarian Cyrillic Сенчести морета
Cambodian សមុទ្រមានម្លប់
Catalan Mars Ombrívol
Chinese 影子海
Croatian Tajanstvenim Morima
Czech Temné moře
Danish De Skyggefulde Have
Dari دریاهای سایه
Dutch Schimmige zeeën
French Mers Ténébreuses
Georgian ჩრდილოვანი ზღვები
German Schattenmeere
Greek σκιερές θάλασσες
Gujarati સંદિગ્ધ સીઝ
Hebrew בים המעורפל
Hindi छायादार समुद्रों
Hungarian Sötét tengerek
Indonesian Bayangan lautan
Italian Mari Ombroso
Japanese 小暗い海
Kannada ಶ್ಯಾಡೋ ಸೀಸ್
Kazakh Көлеңкелі теңіздер (Cyrillic) Köleñkeli teñizder (Latin)
Korean 환상의 바다
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Көлөкө океандарды
Laotian ທະເລທີ່ມີເງົາ
Latvian Ēnainās jūrās
Lithuanian Iliuzinis jūrų
Macedonian Cyrillic Сенки мориња
Malagasy Ranomasina haizina
Malaysian Bergelora laut-laut
Marathi सावली समुद्र
Mongolian Cyrillic Сүүдэр далай
Nepalese छायाली समुद्रहरू
Norwegian Skyggefulle Havene
Pashto سیوري بحرونه
Persian دریاهای سایه
Polish Cieniste morzach
Portuguese Mares Sombrios
Punjabi ਸ਼ੈਡੋ ਸਮੁੰਦਰ
Romanian Mările Umbră
Russian Теневые моря
Serbian Тајновита морима (Cyrillic) Tajnovita Morima (Latin)
Sinhalese අභිරහස් මුහුද
Slovak Temné Korí
Slovenian Senčen oceanov
Swahili Bahari zenye kivuli
Swedish Skuggiga Havet
Tajik Cyrillic Соя дарёҳову уқёнусҳо
Tamil நிழல் கடல்கள்
Tatar Күләгәле диңгезләр
Telugu క్రీనీడ సముద్రాలు
Thai ทะเลมืดครึ้ม
Turkish Gölgeli Denizler
Turkmen Kölegeli Deňizler
Ukrainian Cyrillic Тіньові морів
Urdu مبہم سمندر
Uyghur سايە دېڭىزلار
Uzbek Соя денгизлари (Cyrillic) Soya dengizlari (Latin)
Vietnamese Biển vong linh
Yiddish שאָטן סיז
Yoruba Iboji òkun


Seas of Arda

Belegaer | Ekkaia | Helcar | Núrnen | Rhûn | Ringol | Shadowy Seas



References

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