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

Eönwë (Q, pron. [eˈonwe]) was the banner-bearer and herald of Manwë, and Chief of the Maiar along with Ilmarë. Eönwë is referred to in The Silmarillion as one "...whose might in arms is surpassed by none 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 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]



Earlier names

Although the name Eönwë does not have any particular meaning in either Quenya or Sindarin, his earlier name Fiönwë translates to "Son", from fion[5] and the suffix -wë,[6] an old word for "person", deriving from the root from EWE.[7] This possibly alludes to his previous conception as the son of Manwë. His other name, Urion, means "He of the Sun", from ur ("the Sun"), uru ("fire") or urin ("blazing"),[5] and the masculine suffix -ion.[8]

Other versions of the legendarium

In earlier conceptions of the legendarium, Eönwë was envisioned as the son of Manwë, but as the concept of the Children of the Valar was abandoned, he was turned into Manwë's herald instead. [9] In some versions Eönwë is the one who will kill Morgoth for his love for Arien (previously named Urwendi), instead of Turin. This is said at the end of The Hiding of Valinor.

See also


  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. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Five. Myths Transformed"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson)
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Music of the Ainur", p.58