Hello everyone! I still consider myself a Tolkien beginner. I am halfway through the Silmarillion, the LotR class that just started is my first FULL read through the LotR trilogy, and I have read the Hobbit. Obviously I've seen the extended films a million times, but that's not the same. That said, I find that as I read, I have a lot of questions here and there that it's hard to google an answer to. I was hoping I could keep this as an open thread for beginner questions, and the like. Any LotR questions I will probably post directly to the class every Tuesday as it comes up, but I find that I have questions outside of these readings. My first one is this: Can someone please help me understand all the world terms? Ea, Arda, Aman, Middle-Earth, any I may have missed. They're all referenced, but I find that I'm lost in them. Which is most like "Earth?" Which is most like "a continent?" or a "universe?" Just trying to make sense of it. Thank you all so much!