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First War

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"Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?" - Tom Bombadil
This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.
Previous war:
Next war: War for Sake of the Elves
First War with Melkor
Beginning: VY 1End: VY 1499
Place: All of Arda
Outcome: Victory for the Valar, Formation of Arda
Major battles: Many and various
Valar and Maiar of ArdaMelkor
35px Oromë Måns Björkman - Morgoth design.pngMorgoth

During the early Valian Years, Melkor battled the other Valar and marred Arda during its formation. This was the first great battle against Melkor where he struggled to undo the work of the Valar, demolishing mountains they created, raising up valleys they brought into existence, and spilling seas they had carved. This titanic conflict occurred in prehistory, and the Elves knew only what the Powers told them of it. This duel was for nothing less than dominion over Arda, and much was at stake. Melkor eventually threw down the Two Lamps, and caused widespread chaos. Ilúvatar had revealed to the Valar the coming of the Firstborn Children, and they were determined to fight to the end. After a war which took ages to wage, the Valar eventually prevailed, and the Earth (Arda) slowly took shape.[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur"