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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.

SummaryEdit

Description of the ValarEdit

In this part, the Ainur are introducted and given names. Afterwards, they are throughoutly described and their attributes and functions are given. Among them, the more notable Manwë and Ulmo.

Description of the major MaiarEdit

Here, the Maiar are introduced, named and described, including the renowned Istari, also known as Wizards.

Description of the EnemiesEdit

This section speaks of the major Dark Powers, Melkor and his subject Sauron, who would later become the Dark Lord himself after his master's defeat, giving them brief descriptions.

AppearancesEdit


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.

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