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Biographical Information
Other namesHerald of Manwë, Chief of the Maiar
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Eönwë

Eönwë (Q, pron. [eˈonwe]) was the banner-bearer and the herald of Manwë, and Chief of the Maiar along with Ilmarë. Eönwë was referred to as the "greatest of arms in Arda", meaning that he was the best with weapons, though not necessarily the most powerful.[1]

When Eärendil reached the shores of Aman, it was Eönwë who first greeted him and summoned him to come before the Powers of Arda. When Manwë decided to heed the appeal, Eönwë was sent to Middle-earth to fight the War of Wrath, leading the Vanyar.[2]

When Morgoth was defeated Eönwë played a key role in the aftermath. First, he took the two remaining Silmarils and held them for safekeeping. But when the two remaining Sons of Fëanor stole them and fled, Eönwë did not allow them to be slain.[2] Second, Eönwë came among the three faithful houses of Men and taught them many things.[3] Third, Sauron did obeisance to Eönwë and abjured all of his evil deeds. But because Eönwë had not the power to pardon Sauron, he commanded him to to return to Aman to receive Manwë's judgement. Unwilling to receive humiliation and sentencing, when Eönwë left Sauron hid in Middle-earth and fell back into evil.[4]

Other versions of the Legendarium

In earlier conceptions of the legendarium, Eönwë, then called Fionwë ([fiˈonwe]), was envisioned as the son of Manwë, but as the concept of the Children of the Valar disappeared in the published Silmarillion; he was turned into Manwë's herald instead.[5]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Maiar"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The History of the Akallabêth", p. 143