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Alice Falto - Aule.jpg
Biographical Information
Other namesAȝūlēz, Óli, Mahal, Tamar, The Great Smith, Smith, Maker, Friend of the Noldor
PositionRocks and metals
LocationMansions of Aulë
AffiliationMairon and Curumo
LanguageValarin; also devised Khuzdul for the Dwarves
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Aulë

Aulë was a Vala and one of the Aratar, Smith of the Powers and concerned with rock and metal, nature of substances and works of craft.

He was also the third most powerful of the male Valar. He was husband to Yavanna, with whom he dwelt in central Valinor.

Several Maiar were associated with Aulë: Mairon, before being corrupted by Melkor and becoming Sauron; and Curumo, who later went to Middle-earth as an Istar to combat Sauron.


During the creation of Arda, Aulë fashioned its substances that composed it, and was most involved in building the continents and mountains. He constructed Angainor, the chain of Melkor, the lamps Illuin and Ormal and the vessels of the Sun and Moon.

Aulë created his own race of beings, the Dwarves, because he was unwilling to wait for the Children of Ilúvatar to appear. Ilúvatar knew of this and even as Aulë was instructing them He chastened Aulë. Aulë humbly repented, offering his children to the will of Ilúvatar, whom He accepted as His adopted children. Since Ilúvatar had decided that the Elves were to be the first-born race, He made the Dwarves to sleep until the Elves woke on Arda.

When the Elves came to Valinor, the Ñoldor became the students of Aulë. Fëanor was his greatest pupil, and from him learned the craft to make the Silmarils.

Names and etymology

Aulë apparently means "invention" in Quenya (pronounced [ˈa͡ʊle]) from root GAWA.[1]

The name is also said to derive from Valarin Aȝūlēz.[2]

In Sindarin, his name is Óli (pronounced [ˈoːli]) or Ôl ([oːːl]).

In Khuzdul, his name is Mahal ("The Maker", pron. [mahal]),[3] and in Adûnaic, it is Tamar ("the Smith", pron. [tamar]).[source?]

In Eriol's Old English translations, Aule is referred to as Craeftfrea "Craft-ruler".[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 358 (form: Aule)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language': Note on the 'Language of the Valar'"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Aulë and Yavanna"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: Appendix 1: Fragments of a translation of The Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English, made by Ælfwine or Eriol; together with Old English equivalents of Elvish names"