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The '''Flame of Anor''' was a mysterious power claimed by [[Gandalf]] in the face of [[Durin's Bane]]. It is nowhere else referred to, and so its particular meaning remains unclear. [[Sun|Anor]] is the Sun, and so literally the 'flame of Anor' would be the light of the Sun, which originated in the fiery fruit of [[Laurelin]], one of the [[Two Trees]] of [[Valinor]]. [[Gandalf]] seems to be referring, then, to the power he gains as a servant of the [[Valar|Lords of the West]], in defiance to the corrupted darkness of the [[Balrogs|Balrog]].  
 
The '''Flame of Anor''' was a mysterious power claimed by [[Gandalf]] in the face of [[Durin's Bane]]. It is nowhere else referred to, and so its particular meaning remains unclear. [[Sun|Anor]] is the Sun, and so literally the 'flame of Anor' would be the light of the Sun, which originated in the fiery fruit of [[Laurelin]], one of the [[Two Trees]] of [[Valinor]]. [[Gandalf]] seems to be referring, then, to the power he gains as a servant of the [[Valar|Lords of the West]], in defiance to the corrupted darkness of the [[Balrogs|Balrog]].  
  
 
Alternatively, it has been suggested that [[Gandalf]] is referring here to [[Narya]], the [[Ring of Fire]] that he bore. This idea certainly fits with the notion that he was the 'wielder' of the Ring, and that it had a fiery character. However, it seems highly unlikely that [[Gandalf]] would want to reveal his ownership of a [[Rings of Power|Ring of Power]] - a matter of utmost secrecy - to one of his greatest enemies.
 
Alternatively, it has been suggested that [[Gandalf]] is referring here to [[Narya]], the [[Ring of Fire]] that he bore. This idea certainly fits with the notion that he was the 'wielder' of the Ring, and that it had a fiery character. However, it seems highly unlikely that [[Gandalf]] would want to reveal his ownership of a [[Rings of Power|Ring of Power]] - a matter of utmost secrecy - to one of his greatest enemies.
  
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The Flame of Anor was a mysterious power claimed by Gandalf in the face of Durin's Bane. It is nowhere else referred to, and so its particular meaning remains unclear. Anor is the Sun, and so literally the 'flame of Anor' would be the light of the Sun, which originated in the fiery fruit of Laurelin, one of the Two Trees of Valinor. Gandalf seems to be referring, then, to the power he gains as a servant of the Lords of the West, in defiance to the corrupted darkness of the Balrog.

Alternatively, it has been suggested that Gandalf is referring here to Narya, the Ring of Fire that he bore. This idea certainly fits with the notion that he was the 'wielder' of the Ring, and that it had a fiery character. However, it seems highly unlikely that Gandalf would want to reveal his ownership of a Ring of Power - a matter of utmost secrecy - to one of his greatest enemies.