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Arda (Tolkien)

In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, Arda is the name given to the Earth in a period of prehistory, wherein the places mentioned in The Lord of the Rings and related material once existed. It included several seas and oceans, and the continents of Middle-earth, the Dark Lands, Aman (The Undying Lands), the island of Númenor, and other lands left largely unnamed by Tolkien.

Arda (Maritsa)

The Arda (, , , Árdas) is a long river in Bulgaria and Greece. It is a tributary of the Maritsa (, Evros). Its source lies in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains near the village Arda, part of the municipality of Smolyan. It flows eastward past Rudozem, Kardzhali and Ivaylovgrad and enters Greece in the northern part of the Evros regional unit. It flows into the Maritsa on the border of Greece and Turkey, between the Greek village Kastanies and the Turkish city Edirne. In the Bulgarian section there are three hydroelectric and irrigation dams, Kardzhali Dam, Studen Kladenets and Ivaylovgrad Dam. The Bulgarian section is long, making the Arda the longest river in the Rhodopes. The medieval Dyavolski most arch bridge crosses the river from Ardino.

The three floods of February 18, 2005, when the water level was at , March 1 and March 7, 2005, flooded the low-lying areas, especially in the Kastanies area which turned the area into a lagoon. The merging of the waters of the Maritsa (Evros/Meriç) caused streets and buildings including homes to be flooded and people to be stranded in their homes.

Arda Peak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica and the mineral ardaite are named after the Arda river.


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Arda (Italy)

The Arda is a torrent of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, nearly all of its course being within the province of Piacenza. It is a right tributary of the Po River.

It rises at an elevation of in the Ligurian Apennines on the north-west slopes of Monte Lama (near Monte Menegosa), within the commune of Morfasso. After about , at an elevation of , it is dammed to form the Lago di Mignano reservoir which covers about and provides both a water supply and hydro-electric power.

The stream then flows through Lugagnano Val d'Arda and Castell'Arquato before entering the plain where it passes through Fiorenzuola d'Arda and Cortemaggiore. Before entering the Po, near Polesine Parmense, it is joined on the right by another torrent, the Ongina, whose source is in the Piacenza hills, between Alseno and Castell'Arquato.

The Arda follows the typical pattern of an Apennine torrent with maximum discharges during the spring and autumn rains and a minimal flow during the summer.

Arda (given name)

Arda is a male name used in Turkey; a female Armenian given name; and, separately, a given name of Old English origin.

Arda (band)

Arda is a Russian heavy metal band that was formed in 2000 in Moscow, by vocalist Pavel Okunev (ex- Epidemia).

Band made its breakthrough releasing their debut album «О скитаниях вечных и о земле» (2004) and mini-album «Экзорцист» (2005), with popular songs Egzorcist, Taet sneg, Mrak, Pervaya zima, Net nikogo, Krilyataya tma, Radi zvezd and Tolyko pilj. In 2007 they released their second studio album called «Море исчезающих времён» followed by internet single's «В небо» in 2009 and «Холод» in 2010.

Usage examples of "arda".

And they observed the winds and the air, and the matters of which Arda was made, of iron and stone and silver and gold and many substances: but of all these water they most greatly praised.

Elves and Men, until in the time appointed was made Arda, the Kingdom of Earth.

The Great among these spirits the Elves name the Valar, the Powers of Arda, and Men have often called them gods.

He was appointed to be, in the fullness of time, the first of all Kings: lord of the realm of Arda and ruler of all that dwell therein.

In Arda his delight is in the winds and the clouds, and in all the regions of the air, from the heights to the depths, from the utmost borders of the Veil of Arda to the breezes that blow in the grass.

For he kept all Arda in thought, and he has no need of any resting-place.

She is acquainted with grief, and mourns for every wound that Arda has suffered in the marring of Melkor.

He came last to Arda, to aid the Valar in the first battles with Melkor.

And darkness he used most in his evil works upon Arda, and filled it with fear for all living things.

Valar, and through long years in Arda held dominion over most of the lands of the Earth.

In all the deeds of Melkor the Morgoth upon Arda, in his vast works and in the deceits of his cunning, Sauron had a part, and was only less evil than his master in that for long he served another and not himself.

The shadow of my purpose lies upon Arda, and all that is in it bends slowly and surely to my will.

You are not the Lord of Men, and shall not be, though all Arda and Menel fall in your dominion.

In the beginning of Arda Melkor seduced him to his allegiance, and he became the greatest and most trusted of the servants of the Enemy, and the most perilous, for he could assume many forms, and for long if he willed he could still appear noble and beautiful, so as to deceive all but the most wary.

For surely, if I remain unhoused, and forgo life in Arda, then his Doom will be inviolate.