Her name means "Starlight", from the Quenya word ilma.
Her name was possibly inspired by Kalevala, where one of the heroes is called Ilmari.
Other versions of the legendariumEdit
In The Book of Lost Tales, it is implied that she was supposed to be the daughter of Manwë and Varda, but Tolkien appears to have changed this in the Silmarillion and most readers accept that she was simply created by Ilúvatar like the Valar. Soon after, Tolkien abandoned the idea of the Valar having children altogether.
|Ainur of Arda|
|Ainulindalë (Music of the Ainur)|
|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)|