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The '''Maiar''' (singular '''Maia'''; [[Quenya]], pronounced {{IPA|[ˈmaɪ.ar]}}) were those spirits which descended to [[Arda]] to help the [[Valar]] to shape the World. They were apparently numerous, yet not many were named. The Maiar were [[Ainur]] &mdash; technically, any Ainu that is not counted as a Vala is a Maia.
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The '''Maiar''' (singular '''Maia'''; [[Quenya]], pronounced {{IPA|[ˈmaɪ.ar]}}) were those spirits which descended to [[Arda]] to help the [[Valar]] shape the World. They were numerous, yet not many were named, and few also took visible shapes in Middle-Earth. The Maiar were [[Ainur]] &mdash; technically, any Ainu that is not counted as a Vala is a Maia.
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
 
Their chiefs were [[Eönwë]], banner-bearer and herald of [[Manwë]], and [[Ilmarë]], the handmaid of [[Varda]].
 
Their chiefs were [[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.
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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 [[Mairon]] also originally of Aulë's people, who became [[Sauron]] the Enemy, ''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.
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Others included [[Mairon]], also originally of Aulë's people, who later became known as [[Sauron]], [[Aiwendil]], who was known in Middle-earth as [[Radagast]] the Brown and belonged to the people of [[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.
  
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 [[Morgoth|Melkor]]. Their associated Vala is not known. [[Melian]] served both [[Vana]] and [[Estë]].
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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 [[Morgoth|Melkor]]. Their associated Vala is not known. [[Melian]] served both [[Vána]] and [[Estë]].<ref>{{S|IIc}}</ref>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
 
The [[Quenya]] name ''Maiar'' means "the Beautiful".<ref>{{HM|MR}}, p. 49</ref>
 
The [[Quenya]] name ''Maiar'' means "the Beautiful".<ref>{{HM|MR}}, p. 49</ref>
  
 
==Individuals==
 
==Individuals==
 
 
*[[Arien]]
 
*[[Arien]]
 
*[[Radagast|Aiwendil]] (Radagast)
 
*[[Radagast|Aiwendil]] (Radagast)
*[[Blue Wizards]]
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*[[Blue Wizards|Alatar]] (one of the Blue Wizards)
 
*[[Saruman|Curumo]] (Saruman)
 
*[[Saruman|Curumo]] (Saruman)
 
*[[Eönwë]]
 
*[[Eönwë]]
 
*[[Durin's Bane]]
 
*[[Durin's Bane]]
 
*[[Gothmog (balrog)|Gothmog]]
 
*[[Gothmog (balrog)|Gothmog]]
*[[Gwaihir]]
 
 
*[[Ilmarë]]
 
*[[Ilmarë]]
 
*[[Sauron|Mairon]] (Sauron)
 
*[[Sauron|Mairon]] (Sauron)
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*[[Gandalf|Olórin]] (Gandalf)
 
*[[Gandalf|Olórin]] (Gandalf)
 
*[[Ossë]]
 
*[[Ossë]]
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*[[Blue Wizards|Pallando]] (one of the Blue Wizards)
 
*[[Salmar]]
 
*[[Salmar]]
*[[Thorondor]]
 
 
*[[Tilion]]
 
*[[Tilion]]
 
*[[Uinen]]
 
*[[Uinen]]
  
===Children of [[Melian]]===
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===Descendants of [[Melian]]===
 
*[[Lúthien]] (1/2 Maia)
 
*[[Lúthien]] (1/2 Maia)
 
*[[Dior]] (1/4 Maia)
 
*[[Dior]] (1/4 Maia)
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*[[Elrohir]] (1/32 Maia)
 
*[[Elrohir]] (1/32 Maia)
 
*[[Eldarion]] (1/64 Maia)
 
*[[Eldarion]] (1/64 Maia)
 
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==Other versions of the Legendarium==
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In the earliest forms of the Legendarium, such as ''[[The Book of Lost Tales]]'', many beings are said to be among the lesser Ainur, including [[dryads]] and [[mermaids]]. The concept of the Maiar was introduced in the reworking of the [[Annals of Valinor]] into the [[Annals of Aman]], and superceded most references to such beings.<ref name="MRP2b">{{MR|P2b}}</ref>
 
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Maiar
People
DominionsAman, Middle-earth
LanguagesValarin, Quenya, Sindarin, Black Speech, Westron
DistinctionsImmortality
LifespanImmortal
MembersEönwë, Ilmarë, Ossë, Uinen, Sauron, Istari, Balrogs, Melian

The Maiar (singular Maia; Quenya, pronounced [ˈmaɪ.ar]) were those spirits which descended to Arda to help the Valar shape the World. They were numerous, yet not many were named, and few also took visible shapes in Middle-Earth. The Maiar were Ainur — technically, any Ainu that is not counted as a Vala is a Maia.

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[edit] History

Their chiefs were 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 Mairon, also originally of Aulë's people, who later became known as Sauron, Aiwendil, who was known in Middle-earth as Radagast the Brown and belonged to the people of 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.

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 Vána and Estë.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The Quenya name Maiar means "the Beautiful".[2]

[edit] Individuals

[edit] Descendants of Melian

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

In the earliest forms of the Legendarium, such as The Book of Lost Tales, many beings are said to be among the lesser Ainur, including dryads and mermaids. The concept of the Maiar was introduced in the reworking of the Annals of Valinor into the Annals of Aman, and superceded most references to such beings.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Maiar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, p. 49
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Notes [on Section 1]"