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Arien in the heavens


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Spirit of Fire
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Before the creation of Arda
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Arien (Quenya; IPA: [ˈari.en] or [ˈarijen] - "Maiden of Sunlight") is a Maia and the guardian of the Sun. She was one of the few Maiar of Flame who did not join Melkor, most of the others being Balrogs.


Arien govar

Arien holding the sun.

Arien was a maiden spirit of fire who once served Vána the Ever-young in the gardens of Valinor, though in some writings she served Varda. She was "from the beginning a spirit of fire" and never listened to Melkor in the least. Her eyes were too bright even for the elves to look at, and Morgoth's servants were terrified of her. While in Valinor she took a form similar to that of the Valar, but when she left she was a "naked flame, terrible in the fullness of her splendour." Arien was more powerful than Tilion, the guardian of the Moon.

When the Two Trees of Valinor were destroyed, Arien took the last surviving fruit of Laurelin in a vessel forged by Aulë and carried it away in the Heavens. As Arien is the guardian of the Sun, she is one of the most loved Maiar by mortal men, and her first journey across the sky was the signal of their awakening.[1]


Arien's name means "Maiden of Sunlight" in Quenya from áirë, sunlight, and -ien, a feminine ending.[2]

Earlier NamesEdit

Urien and Urwendi are the earlier names for Arien, which both mean "Maiden of Fire".[3]

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In other writings, Morgoth wanted to claim Arien as a wife, and ravished her, upon which she abandoned her body and "died", leaving the Sun to travel through the skies uncontrollably and burning parts of Arda.[4]

It was also stated that Arien, then named Urwendi, fell into the Sea and met her "death". Fiönwë, later called Eönwë, a son of Manwë, defeats Melkor, driven by his love for Urwendi.[4]

Ainur of Arda
Lords of the Valar Manwë | Aulë | Oromë | Irmo (Lórien) | Námo (Mandos) | Tulkas | Ulmo
Queens of the Valar (The Valier): 
Varda | Yavanna | Vána | Estë | Vairë | Nessa | Nienna
Lord of the Valar (The Enemy): 
Morgoth (a.k.a. Melkor)
Eönwë | Ilmarë | Ossë | Uinen | Salmar | Melian | Arien | Tilion | Curumo (Saruman) | Olórin (Gandalf) | Aiwendil (Radagast) | Alatar (Morinehtar) | Pallando (Rómestámo)
Maiar (Enemies):  Sauron | Gothmog | Durin's Bane | Ungoliant | Curumo (Saruman)


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XI: "Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
  2. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I
  4. 4.0 4.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, IX: "The Hiding of Valinor"

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