After the themes of Ilúvatar and the proclamation of Eä, Eru set all the firstborn of Elves and Men in places of the world that even the Valar could not find. Elves were the first of the Children of Ilúvatar to appear in Middle-earth, whereas Men were not to follow until the beginning of the First Age, with the creation of the Sun and Moon, many thousands of years later.
Elves were named the Quendi ("those who speak", in Quenya) and also Minnónar ("Firstborn"). In time they were divided into many groupings, often distinguished by their respective linguistic branches. Men were also named the Apanónar ("Those born after" or "Afterborn"), Fírimar ("Mortals"), Engwar ("the Sickly"), and the Followers. These somewhat derogatory names were given to Men by the Elves, who were the primary historians of the early events of Middle-earth.
Dwarves were not included in this distinction, as they were creations of Aulë alone. The story of their creation was told in the Quenta Silmarillion, and explains how the Elves and Men were created by Eru Ilúvatar directly, without delegation to the Ainur.
Animals and plants were probably fashioned by Ainur after themes set out by Eru in the Music of the Ainur. In cases where animals exhibit sapience, as in the case of Huan or the Eagles, this is questionable they may actually be Maiar instead.
Translations around the worldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||Чеда на Илуватар|
|Catalan||Fills de Ilúvatar|
|Dutch||Kinderen van Ilúvatar|
|German||Kinder von Ilúvatar|
|Greek||Παιδιά του Ιλούβαταρ|
|Indonesian||Anak anak Ilúvatar|
|Italian||Figli di Ilúvatar|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||Илуватар балдар|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||Деца на Илуватар|
|Portuguese||Filhos de Ilúvatar|
|Romanian||Copiilor lui Ilúvatar|
|Serbian||Деца Илуватар (Cyrillic) Deca Iluvatar (Latin)|
|Spanish||Hijos de Ilúvatar|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||Дітьми Ілуватара|
Races of the Creatures of Arda
Servants of the Shadow: