23 November 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 146: the Halls of Mandos

The Houses of the Dead (also called the Halls of (A)waiting), located in the Uttermost West of Valinor on the shores of Ekkaia, was the place of Awaiting after Death, where the spirits of the deceased go and sit in meditation, reflecting on their past lives before being released. Its keeper (and also the judge) was the Doomsman of the Valar, Námo (Mandos).

The souls of the earth-bound Elves would awaken in the Blessed Realm, while the souls of Men passed on and away from Arda, until they were ultimately gathered into the Thought of Ilúvatar. Their true fate was only truly understood by Mandos and Manwë.

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