Valaquenta is the second chapter of The Silmarillion. Valaquenta translates from Quenya as the "Tale of the Valar". This chapter is, for the histories, a middle-ground and link between Ainulindalë, which provides a cosmology for Middle-earth, and Quenta Silmarillion, where the first major elements of Middle-earth history are elaborated.
Description of the ValarEdit
Description of the major MaiarEdit
Description of the EnemiesEdit
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Behind the scenesEdit
Although sequential descriptions of the Valar go back to The Book of Lost Tales, the earliest writing that resembles the Valaquenta is found in the text called Quenta Noldorinwa (published in volume four of The History of Middle-earth). It then became Chapter 1 of the Quenta Silmarillion (entitled Of the Valar). In revisions to the Quenta Silmarillion done in 1958, the section was split off into a separately titled work. There is nothing to indicate why Tolkien felt that the piece should stand alone. While it is not a narrative, neither is the chapter Of Beleriand and its Realms, and Tolkien never seems to have considered removing that section.