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Eönwë - the herald maia


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Powers of the Ainur, other fashioned arms

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Eönwë (Quenya; IPA: [eˈonʷe]) was a Maia serving Manwë as his herald and banner-bearer, and Chief of the Maiar along with Ilmarë.


Eönwë was referred to as the "greatest of arms in Arda," meaning that he was the best with weapons, but as one of the Maiar he was not necessarily the most powerful in might.[1] When the appeal of Eärendil reached the shores of Aman, it was Eönwë who first greeted him outside of Tirion praising his arrival and accomplishments. When Manwë decided to heed the appeal, Eönwë was sent to Middle-earth to fight the War of Wrath, leading the Vanyar.

When Morgoth the Black Foe was defeated, Eönwë took the two remaining Silmarils and held them for safekeeping. The two remaining Sons of Fëanor took them and fled, yet Eönwë did not let them be slain hoping they would see the folly of their ways.[2] After the War of Wrath, Sauron emerged from hiding and approached Eönwë seeking forgiveness but Eönwë did not have the authority to pardon him alone, and told him he would have to return to the Valar to receive judgment but he fled from him instead.[3]

Eönwë also possessed great wisdom and taught the remaining Edain many things enriching them with great knowledge before the raising of Andor or Númenor.[4]

Earlier versions of the legendariumEdit


Eönwë, the Maia

In earlier conceptions of the legendarium, Eönwë, then called Fiönwë Urion, was envisioned as the son of Manwë and brother of Erinti, renamed as Ilmarë, Varda's handmaiden. In some versions, Eönwë is the one who will kill Morgoth for his love for Arien (previously named Urwendi).[5]

Ainur of Arda
Lords of the Valar (of Valinor):  Manwë (Súlimo) | Ulmo (Ulubôz) | Aulë (Návatar) | Oromë (Aldaron) | Námo (Mandos) | Irmo (Lórien) | Tulkas (Astaldo)
Queens of the Valar (of Valinor): 
Varda (Elentári) | Yavanna (Kementári) | Nienna | Estë | Vairë | Vána | Nessa
Maiar (of Valinor): 
Eönwë | Ilmarë | Ossë | Uinen | Salmar | Melian | Arien | Tilion | Curumo (Saruman) | Olórin (Gandalf) | Aiwendil (Radagast) | Alatar (Morinehtar) | Pallando (Rómestámo)
Lords of the Valar (The Enemy): 
Morgoth (Melkor)
Maiar (The Enemy):  Sauron (Mairon) | Gothmog | Durin's Bane | Ungoliant | Shelob | Curumo (Saruman)


  1. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Maiar"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  3. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  4. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part OneIX: "The Hiding of Valinor"

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