middle-earth

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From Middle English myddyl erthe, alteration (as if middel (middle) + erthe (earth)) of earlier middelerd, middenerd (middle-earth), from Old English middanġeard (the globe, world, earth, mankind, literally middle yard, middle inclosure, middle region) (compare mid, yard), though often interpreted since Old English times as “middle + earth”. Cognate with Icelandic miðgarðr (Midgard), Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌳𐌾𐌿𐌽𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌳𐍃 (midjungards, mid-yard, middle abode). See Midgard.

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middle-earth (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) The physical world, as imagined between heaven and hell, or pre-Christian equivalents.

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