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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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  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"
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