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Natalia Nikitin - Ilmare
Ilmarë, by Natalia Nikitin


Biographical information

Other names
Handmaid of Varda[1]
Date of birth
Before the creation of Arda
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Powers of the Ainur,

Physical description

Maiar (Maia of Varda)
Hair color
Eye color

Ilmarë (Quenya; IPA: [ˈilmare] - "Starlight") was a chief among the Maiar and the handmaiden to Varda.[1]


Ilmarë was the handmaiden of Varda, thereby a guardian spirit of the stars, and one of the chiefs of the Maiar, along with Eönwë, herald of Manwë.[1]


In Quenya, Ilmarë means "Starlight", from ilma.[2] Christopher Tolkien has noted that Ilmarë is related to such words as Ilmen and Ilmarin.[3]

Her name was possibly inspired by Kalevala, where one of the heroes is called Ilmari.

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

Earlier in the legendarium, Ilmarë and Eönwë were conceived as the son and daughter of Manwë and Varda, previously referred to as Erinti and Fionwë Urion. Later, Tolkien abandoned the idea of the Children of the Valar.[4]

As Erinti, she was the Vala of love, music, and beauty, also named Lotesse and Akairis ("bride"), sister of Noldorin and Amillo. The three of them left Valinor and dwelt in Inwenore (later Tol Eressëa). The second half of January was called Enrintion, which was named after her.[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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Maiar"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  3. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, II: "The Music of the Ainur"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I

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