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Menelmacar was one of the constellations of stars set in the heavens of Arda by Varda.


Menelmacar was created by Varda just before the Awakening of the Elves as a symbol of light and hope. It also forebodes the Last Battle prophesized at the End of Days. It is most likely the constellation of Orion.[1][2]


The name Menelmacar means "Swordsman of the Sky",[3] or "Swordsman of the Heavens", from the Quenya menel ("heaven") and macar ("swordsman").[4]

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Menelmacar was inspired by the constellation Orion.[2]


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The First Phase, "Of the Coming of the Elves"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Annals of Aman
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Four: Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D: Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language

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