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Flame of Anor

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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 [[Balrogs|Balrog]].  
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[[File:NOLANOS - El Fuego de Anor.jpg|thumb|NOLANOS - ''El Fuego de Anor'' (The Flame of Anor)]]
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{{quote|I am a servant of the [[Secret Fire]], wielder of the flame of Anor.|[[Gandalf]]<ref>{{FR|Bridge}}</ref>}}
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The '''Flame of Anor''' is some element or power obscurely referred to by [[Gandalf]] who claimed to wield it, in the face of [[Durin's Bane]]. Only speculation can be done about its meaning and nature.  
  
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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[[Sun|Anor]] is the [[Sindarin|Elvish]] name for 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|Two Trees]] of [[Valinor]].<ref>{{S|Sun}}</ref>
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The expression might metaphorically refer to some power wielded by the [[Wizards|Wizard]], as a [[Maiar|Maia]] and servant of the [[Flame Imperishable]]; with the pure light of the Sun as an antithesis of the "dark fire" of the [[úmaiar|fallen]] [[Balrogs|Balrog]].<ref>See external links.</ref>
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==See also==
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*[[Secret Fire]]
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*[[Light of Valinor]]
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==External links==
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*[http://middle-earth.xenite.org/2012/08/28/is-the-secret-fire-the-same-as-the-flame-of-anor/ Is the Secret Fire the Same as the Flame of Anor?] by [[Michael Martinez]]
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NOLANOS - El Fuego de Anor (The Flame of Anor)
"I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor."
Gandalf[1]

The Flame of Anor is some element or power obscurely referred to by Gandalf who claimed to wield it, in the face of Durin's Bane. Only speculation can be done about its meaning and nature.

Anor is the Elvish name for 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.[2]

The expression might metaphorically refer to some power wielded by the Wizard, as a Maia and servant of the Flame Imperishable; with the pure light of the Sun as an antithesis of the "dark fire" of the fallen Balrog.[3]

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References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
  3. See external links.

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