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Ilmarë

Biographical information

Other names
Titles
Handmaid of Varda
Date of birth
Before the creation of Arda
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon
Powers of the Ainur,

Physical description

Race
Culture
Maiar (Maia of Varda)
Gender
Female
Height
Hair color
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

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

BiographyEdit

She 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]

EtymologyEdit

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.[2]

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)
Maiar
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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Maiar"
  2. The Book of Lost Tales

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