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The Secret Fire or "Flame of Anor", probably aliases of the "Flame Imperishable" are references to a mysterious heavenly power in and Arda. But if Tolkien actually told us, then it wouldn't be a secret, now would it?

HistoryEdit

The Secret Fire seems to refer to that aspect of Eru Ilúvatar which is his Power of Creation. This power was with Ilúvatar at the very beginning, so when Melkor sought for it alone it was in vain, for he could never find it because it was solely with Eru himself. Later, Eru set it (or an aspect of it) at the Heart of Arda.[1]


"Therefore Ilúvatar gave to their vision Being, and set it amid the Void, and the Secret Fire was sent to burn at the heart of the World; and it was called ."
Valaquenta, the Silmarillion.

The Secret Fire was also described as being part of all Fëa, the soul of a living being or the spirit: it was that Gift which makes sentient beings capable of independent thought and will. Loosely, it could be taken as an alternate name of the Holy Spirit.

In The Fellowship of the RingGandalf the Grey referred to both the Secret Fire and the Flame of Anor at the Bridge of Khazad-dum when confronting the Balrog:[2]


"You cannot pass," he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. "I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass."
The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter 5: "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"

Anor was a name for the Sun in the mythology, as well as a name for the True West (i.e. Valinor). Further, some have speculated that Gandalf said "flame of Anor" in reference to the fact that he wielded one of the Three Rings of Power, Narya. Thus it is uncertain if the flame of Anor was identical to the Secret Fire, but both it and The Secret Fire identified Gandalf as a servant of the Valar.

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Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ምስጢር እሳት
Arabic حريق السري
Armenian գաղտնիք է կրակը
Azerbaijani Gizli Yanğın
Basque Sekretua Sua
Belarusian Cyrillic сакрэтны Агонь
Bosnian Tajna Požara
Bulgarian Cyrillic Тайната огън
Cambodian អគ្គីភ័យជាការសម្ងាត់
Catalan Foc Secreta
Cebuano Sekreto nga kalayo
Chinese 秘火
Cornish Tan Kel ?
Croatian Tajna Požara
Czech Tajný Oheň
Danish Hemmelige Brand
Dari صهچرهت فیره
Dutch Geheime Vuur
Esperanto Sekreta Fajro
Estonian Salajase Tule
Filipino Lihim na apoy
Finnish Salainen Tulipalo
French Feu Secret
Frisian Geheime Fjoer
Georgian საიდუმლო ცეცხლი
German Geheimes Feuer
Greek μυστική φωτιά
Gujarati સિક્રેટ ફાયર
Haiti Creole Sekrè Dife
Hausa Asirin Wuta
Hebrew האש הסודית
Hindi गुप्त आग
Hungarian Titkos Tűz
Icelandic Leyndarmálið Eldur
Indonesian Api Rahasia
Irish Gaelic Tine Rúnda
Italian Fiamma Imperitura
Japanese 秘密の火
Javanese Rahasia Geni
Kannada ಸೀಕ್ರೆಟ್ ಫೈರ್
Kazakh Cyrillic құпия өрт
Korean 비밀 화재
Kurdish سه‌چره‌ت فیره‌ (Arabic script) Agir Dizî (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic жашыруун өрт
Latin Secretum Ignis
Latvian Noslēpums Uguns
Lithuanian Paslaptis Gaisro
Luxembourgish Geheime Feier
Macedonian Cyrillic Тајната пожар
Malay Api Rahsia
Malayalam രഹസ്യ തീ
Maltese Nar Sigriet
Manx Aile Follit ?
Marathi गुप्त फायर
Mongolian Cyrillic нууц гал
Nepalese गोप्य आगो
Navajo Kǫʼ Bah-has-tkih ?
Norwegian Hemmelig Brann
Northern Sami Suollemas Dolla
Pashto پټ اور
Persian آتش راز
Polish Tajny przeciwpożarowe
Portuguese Segredo do Fogo
Punjabi ਗੁਪਤ ਅੱਗ
Querétaro Otomi Ar tsibi secreto
Romanian Incendiu Secrete
Romansh Fieu Adascus
Russian Негасимое пламя
Samoan Lilo Afi
Scottish Gaelic Dìomhair Teine
Serbian тајна пожара (Cyrillic) Tajna Požara (Latin)
Sesotho Sephiri Mollo
Sinhalese රහස් ගිනි
Sindhi راز کي باهه
Slovak Tajný Oheň
Slovenian Skrivnost Požar
Somali Dabka Qarsoon
Spanish Fuego Secreto
Swahili Siri Moto
Swedish Hemlig Eld
Tajik Cyrillic Сирри оташ
Tamil இரகசிய தீ
Telugu సీక్రెట్ ఫైర్
Thai ไฟไหม้ลับ
Turkish Gizli Ateş
Turkmen Syr Ot ?
Ukrainian Cyrillic секретний Вогонь
Urdu سیکرٹ میں آگ
Uyghur سەچرەت فىرە
Uzbek Сечрет Фире (Cyrillic) Yashirin Olov (Latin)
Vietnamese Cháy bí mật
Welsh Tân Cudd
Yiddish סוד פייַער
Yucatec Maya Secreto K'áak'
Zulu Umlilo Imfihlo

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Ainulindalë (The Music of the Ainur)
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter V: "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"

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