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Biographical Information
Other namesAȝūlēz, Óli, Mahal, Tamar, The Great Smith.
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Aulë

Aulë was a Vala, Smith of the Powers and concerned with rock and metal.


During the creation of Arda, Aulë was most involved in building the continents and mountains. He constructed Angainor, the chain of Melkor, and the vessels of the Sun and Moon. He was husband to Yavanna. He was also the third most powerful of the male Valar.

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 repented, offering his children to Ilúvatar, and Ilúvatar accepted them 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 appeared 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.

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.

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]), and in Adûnaic, it is Tamar ("the Smith", pron. [tamar]).

In Eriol's Old English translations, Aule is referred to as Craeftfrea "Craft-ruler".[3]


  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 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"