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The Secret Fire or "Flame of Anor" (probably aliases of the ancient Flame Imperishable) refer to a mysterious heavenly power in and Arda.

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.

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.

See alsoEdit

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Geheime vuur
Albanian Zjarri i fshehtë
Amharic ምስጢር እሳት
Arabic النار السرية
Armenian Գաղտնի կրակ
Azerbaijani Sirli yanğın
Basque Sute sekretua
Belarusian Cyrillic Цакрэтны агонь
Bengali গোপন আগুন
Bosnian Tajna Požara
Bulgarian Cyrillic Таен огън
Cambodian អគ្គីភ័យជាការសម្ងាត់
Catalan Foc Secreta
Cebuano Sekreto nga kalayo
Chinese 秘密的火
Cornish Tan Kel ?
Croatian Tajna vatra
Czech Tajný oheň
Danish Hemmelig ild
Dutch Geheim vuur
Esperanto Sekreta fajro
Estonian Salajane tulekahju
Fijian Vuni na bukawaqa
Filipino Lihim na apoy
Finnish Salainen tuli
French Feu Secret
Frisian Geheime Fjoer
Georgian საიდუმლო ცეცხლი
German Geheimes Feuer
Greek Μυστική πυρκαγιά
Gujarati સિક્રેટ ફાયર
Haitian Creole Sekrè Dife
Hausa Asirin Wuta
Hebrew האש הסודית
Hindi गुप्त आग
Hungarian Titkos tűz
Icelandic Leyndarmálið Eldur
Indonesian Api Rahasia
Irish Gaelic Rúnda tine
Italian Fuoco segreto (Secret Fire)

Fiamma Imperitura (Flame imperishable)

Japanese 秘密火災
Javanese Rahasia Geni
Kannada ರಹಸ್ಯ ಬೆಂಕಿ
Kazakh Құпия өрт (Cyrillic) Qupïya ört (Latin)
Korean 비밀 화재
Kurdish Agir Dizî (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic жашыруун өрт
Latin Secretum Ignis
Latvian Slepenā uguns
Lithuanian Slaptas gaisro
Luxembourgish Geheime Feier
Macedonian Cyrillic Таен оган
Malaysian Api Rahsia
Malayalam രഹസ്യ തീ
Maltese Sigriet nar
Manx Aile Follit ?
Marathi गुप्त आग
Mongolian Cyrillic Нууц гал
Nepalese गुप्त आगो
Navajo Kǫʼ Bah-has-tkih ?
Norwegian Hemmelig brann
Northern Sami Suollemas Dolla
Pashto پټ اور
Persian آتش راز
Polish Tajemny Ogień
Portuguese Segredo do Fogo (Secret Fire)

Chama Imperecível (Flame Imperishable)

Punjabi ਗੁਪਤ ਅੱਗ
Querétaro Otomi Ar tsibi secreto
Romanian Focul Secret
Romansh Fieu Adascus
Russian Негасимое пламя
Samoan Lilo Afi
Scottish Gaelic Teine dìomhair
Serbian Тајна ватра (Cyrillic) Tajna vatra (Latin)
Sesotho Sephiri Mollo
Sinhalese රහස ගිනි
Sindhi راز کي باهه
Slovak Tajné požiaru
Slovenian Skrivnost ogenj
Somalian Dabka Qarsoon
Spanish Fuego Secreto
Swahili Siri Moto
Swedish Hemlig eld
Tajik Cyrillic Сирри оташ
Tamil இரகசிய தீ
Telugu రహస్య అగ్ని
Thai ไฟไหม้ลับ
Turkish Gizli ateş
Turkmen Syr Ot ?
Ukrainian Cyrillic Секретні вогню
Urdu خفیہ آگ
Uzbek Сирли олов (Cyrillic) Sirli olov (Latin)
Vietnamese Bí mật lửa
Welsh Tân dirgel
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"