In the Warcraft universe, the Well of Eternity was the primary font of magical energy for all of Azeroth. During the War of the Ancients,
the Well was destroyed so that it would no longer lure the Burning Legion to Azeroth. The destruction of the Well shattered the single landmass into five separate continents and created The Maelstrom. A single vial of its waters (one of several taken by Illidan prior to its destruction) was later used to create The Sunwell, which functioned as the source of all magical energy for the High Elf civilization for centuries. Obviously, the original well was a VAST source of magical energy - apparently one without equal, if the Burning Legion's interest is any indication.
We later find in the Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft that
the Maelstrom itself is directly above the inner realm of Deepholm and its World Pillar, which "holds up" the elemental forces of Azeroth.
Given the relationship of the two and the fact that the Well's origins are never mentioned in any of the games (but possibly are in the books), do we know the origin of The Well of Eternity? Or was it always there and the Night Elf civilization just sprung up around it eons ago?
I've checked the WoW wiki and was unable to find a satisfactory answer. I'm hoping that someone more well-versed in the books or comics might have an answer.