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Revision as of 19:42, 5 January 2012

The Maiar (Quenya, pronounced [ˈmaɪ.ar]) are those spirits which descended to Arda to help the Valar to shape the World. Singular is Maia. They were supposed to be numerous, yet not many were named. The Maiar are Ainur—technically, any Ainu that is not counted as a Vala is a Maia.

Their chiefs are Eönwë, banner-bearer and herald of Manwë, and Ilmarë, the handmaid of Varda.

Each of the Maiar was associated with one or more particular Vala, and were of similar stock, though less powerful. For example, Ossë and Uinen, as spirits of the sea, belonged to Ulmo, while Curumo, who came to be known in Middle-earth as Saruman, belonged to Aulë the Smith.

Others included Sauron (also originally of Aulë's people), Aiwendil, who was known in Middle-Earth as Radagast the Brown and belonged to Yavanna, and Olórin, known as Gandalf, who belonged to Manwë and Varda, but his ways took him often to the house of Nienna. From her he learned pity and patience, which perhaps aided him in his later struggles to unite the Free peoples of Middle-Earth against the power of Sauron.

Alatar and Pallando, known as the Blue Wizards, travelled to the east, and never returned to the west. Their fate is unknown. The Balrogs, like Sauron, were Maiar corrupted by Melkor. Their associated Vala is not known. Melian served both Vana and Estë.

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Portrayal in Adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Maiar is a German server, it was originally created and hosted by Codemasters but was taken over by Turbine on 1 June 2011.[1]


Ainur
Valar
Lords:  Manwë · Ulmo · Aulë · Oromë · Mandos · Irmo · Tulkas
Queens:  Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa
Former:  Melkor
Associated Maiar
Manwë Eönwë · Olórin Varda Ilmarë · Olórin · Arien
Ulmo Ossë · Uinen · Salmar Yavanna Aiwendil
Aulë Mairon · Curumo Estë Melian
Oromë Tilion · Alatar · Pallando Vána
Other Maiar
Balrogs Gothmog · Durin's Bane · Lungorthin
Wizards Saruman · Gandalf · Radagast · Blue Wizards (Rómestámo · Morinehtar)
Topics
Music · Valarin · Almaren · Valinor · Valmar · Second Music

Gallery

Children of Melian

References

  1. "Turbine's LOTRO Service Goes Global" dated 24 April 2011, A Casual Stroll to Mordor (accessed 2 January 2012)