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Menelmacar, the Swordsman of the Sky, one of the constellations set in the heavens by Varda to enlighten the awakening of the elves and gathered by Varda from among the ancient stars.[1] Other constellations were Wilwarin, Telumendil, Soronúmë, Anarríma and Valacirca.

According to the Annals of Aman the making of the constellations (and of some new bright stars) happened 1000-1050 Valian Years after the first flowering of the Trees.[2]

The elements of the Quenya name are: menel, 'firmament' and macar, 'swordsman'.

Other name-forms and names: Menelmakar, Menelmakil, Menelvagor, Telumehtar; see especially the article Telimektar.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, pp. 71 and 160
Middle-earth Cosmology
 Constellations  Anarríma · Durin's Crown · Menelmacar · Remmirath · Soronúmë · Telumendil · Valacirca · Wilwarin
Stars  Alcarinquë · Borgil · Carnil · Elemmírë · Helluin · Luinil · Lumbar · Morwinyon · Nénar · Star of Eärendil · Til 
The Airs  Aiwenórë · Fanyamar · Ilmen · Menel · Vaiya · Veil of Arda · Vista
Narsilion  Arien · Moon (Isil, Ithil, Rána) · Sun (Anar, Anor, Vása) · Tilion
See Also  Abyss · Arda · Circles of the World · · Timeless Halls · Two Lamps · Two Trees · Void