11 April 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 285: the Valar

The Valar (Q. ‘Angelic Powers’; singular Vala) were those of the Ainur (Divinities created by Eru, The One, before the Creation) who participated in the making of Eä (the Universe) and Arda (the World) through the music of Ilúvatar.

There were seven Lords – Manwë, Ulmo, Aulë, Oromë, Mandos, Lórien, and Tulkas – and seven Queens of the Valar – Varda, Yavanna, Nienna, Estë, Vairë, Vána, and Nessa.

While each of them added their own part into the music, Melkor had a different vision of what Arda should be like, and numerous times he was cast out for marring the music. His rebellion led to many of Arda’s troubles.

After the completion of the music and the creation of the World, the Valar departed from Eä and dwelled in Middle-earth as Guardians of the World. While they have no fixed shape, they are able to take the shapes of Men and Elves, or remain invisible as they wish.  

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