Tolkien Gateway


Revision as of 15:16, 7 May 2019 by (Talk)
Alice Falto - Aule.jpg
"Aule" by Alice Falto
Biographical Information
Other namesAȝūlēz (V)
Óli, Mahal, 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
Notable forcreating the Dwarves
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Aulë

Aulë (Quenya, pronounced [ˈa͡ʊle]) was a Vala and one of the Aratar, also known as the the Smith and Smith of the Valar, concerned with rock, metal, nature of substances and works of craft.



Aulë governs the substances of the Ambar and he delights in all works and crafts all of which he is master, from small works of skin to the forging of all lands and mountains and basins of the sea. He made the rocks, the gems and all minerals.[1]

He enjoyed his skill of devising and making new things, and being praised. In these thoughts and powers he was like Melkor, as Ilúvatar gave him scarce less skill and knowledge. Aule was always faithful to Eru and submitted all his creations to His will. He was never jealous of others' creations, but sought and gave counsel. He enjoyed in the things he made and in the making itself and passed ever to some new work, without hoarding or possessing. For this, there was much strife between him and Melkor who envied him; Melkor always marred his work and Aule always sought to repair them.[1][2]

He was the third most powerful of the Aratar. 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.


In the Song of the Ainur Aulë thought most of the fabric of the Earth.[2] During the creation of Arda, Aulë worked much with Manwe and Ulmo;[2] Aulë fashioned the substances that composed Ambar, and was most involved in building the continents and mountains. As he was much like Melkor, there was strife between them and he grew weary repairing the tumults and disorders caused by Melkor on his work.[1] One of his Maiar, Mairon, would be ensnared by his enemy in those early strifes.[3]

When Osse was also seduced by Melkor, Aulë pleaded to Uinen to calm and restrain him, and so the Maia returned to his master Ulmo.[4]

Ted Nasmith - Aulë the Destroyer

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 and his friends.[1] 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.[5]

The name is also said to derive from Valarin Aȝūlēz.[6]

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

In Khuzdul, his name is Mahal ("The Maker", pron. [mahal]).[7]

In Eriol's Old English translations, Aule is referred to as Craeftfrea "Craft-ruler".[8]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Enemies"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Maiar"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 358 (form: Aule)
  6. 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'"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Aulë and Yavanna"
  8. 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"