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'''Valaquenta''' is the second part of ''[[The Silmarillion]]''. The [[Eldar]] name ''Valaquenta'' translates as the "Tale of the Valar" ("[[Valar]]" means "Powers", however, usually this name is left untranslated).
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'''Valaquenta''' ([[Quenya|Q]]. "Account of the Valar (=Powers)") is a text that accompanies [[Quenta Silmarillion]].
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The text presents knowledge on the Ainur as derived from the [[Eldar]]. It is not written however by then own first-hand point of view. There are also some references out of context, like the [[Númenóreans]], which indicate that the text was supposedly written during or after the [[Second Age]].
  
 
== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
 
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''Valar'' is the name given to the chief [[Ainur]] following their descent to [[Arda]]. The Ainur were angelic spirits created by the supreme deity, [[Ilúvatar|Eru Ilúvatar]]. The most powerful of the Valar was [[Morgoth|Melkor]], who became corrupt, and ceased to follow the will of Ilúvatar. The fourteen remaining Valar continued in Ilúvatar's will.
''Valar'' is the name given to the chief [[Ainur]] following their descent to [[Arda]]. The Ainur were holy spirits created by the supreme deity, [[Ilúvatar|Eru Ilúvatar]] (see [[Ainulindalë (chapter)|Ainulindalë]]). The most powerful of the Valar was [[Morgoth|Melkor]], who became corrupt, and ceased to follow the will of Ilúvatar. The fourteen remaining Valar continued in Ilúvatar's will.
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===The Valar===
 
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The Ainur had either male or female forms, some were couples, while some were siblings in Ilúvatar's mind. Thus, there were seven male Valar, and seven female ("[[Valier]]"). Of the fourteen, those eight with the greatest might (called [[Aratar]]) were responsible for some attribute of life in [[Arda]] (e.g., crafts, mining, agriculture, etc.). The king of the Valar, and of all Arda was [[Manwë]].
Everything created by Ilúvatar had both masculine and feminine forms. Thus, there were seven male Valar, and seven female ("[[Valier]]"). Some of the Valar were considered siblings, or even spouses, yet these distinctions are difficult to make, as the Valar were ultimately incorporeal beings. Of the fourteen, those eight with the greatest might (called [[Aratar]]) were responsible for some attribute of life in [[Arda]] (e.g., crafts, mining, agriculture, etc.). The king of the Valar was [[Manwë]].
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===The Maiar===
 
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On their descent to Arda, the Valar, were followed by Ainur of lesser might, the [[Maiar]], who were their subjects, students and assistants in governing Arda. The Valar had the ability to change their physical appearance, or to bear no shape at all.
In addition to the Valar, there were Ainur of lesser might called the [[Maiar]]. The Valar ruled the Maiar, who were their students and assistants in governing Arda. The Valar (including Melkor) had the ability to change their physical appearance, or to bear no shape at all. This was also true for some of the Maiar—however, their abilities were not limitless. Some of the Maiar bore the form of animals (e.g., [[Huan]], the hound of the Valar; or the [[Eagles of Manwë]]).
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===The Enemies===
 
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Of the enemies are mentioned Melkor, [[Sauron]] and the [[Balrogs]], spirits who were seduced by him and fell into hate.
 
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Latest revision as of 20:55, 28 November 2014

Valaquenta (Q. "Account of the Valar (=Powers)") is a text that accompanies Quenta Silmarillion.

The text presents knowledge on the Ainur as derived from the Eldar. It is not written however by then own first-hand point of view. There are also some references out of context, like the Númenóreans, which indicate that the text was supposedly written during or after the Second Age.

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[edit] Summary

Valar is the name given to the chief Ainur following their descent to Arda. The Ainur were angelic spirits created by the supreme deity, Eru Ilúvatar. The most powerful of the Valar was Melkor, who became corrupt, and ceased to follow the will of Ilúvatar. The fourteen remaining Valar continued in Ilúvatar's will.

[edit] The Valar

The Ainur had either male or female forms, some were couples, while some were siblings in Ilúvatar's mind. Thus, there were seven male Valar, and seven female ("Valier"). Of the fourteen, those eight with the greatest might (called Aratar) were responsible for some attribute of life in Arda (e.g., crafts, mining, agriculture, etc.). The king of the Valar, and of all Arda was Manwë.

[edit] The Maiar

On their descent to Arda, the Valar, were followed by Ainur of lesser might, the Maiar, who were their subjects, students and assistants in governing Arda. The Valar had the ability to change their physical appearance, or to bear no shape at all.

[edit] The Enemies

Of the enemies are mentioned Melkor, Sauron and the Balrogs, spirits who were seduced by him and fell into hate.

[edit] History of Composition

Although sequential descriptions of the Valar go back to The Book of Lost Tales Part One, the earliest writing that resembles the Valaquenta is found in the text called Quenta Noldorinwa (published in volume 4 of The History of Middle-earth). It then became Chapter 1 of the Quenta Silmarillion (entitled Of the Valar). In revisions to the Quenta Silmarillion done in 1958, the section was split off into a separately titled work. There is nothing to indicate why Tolkien felt that the piece should stand alone. While it is not a narrative, neither is the chapter Of Beleriand and its Realms, and Tolkien never seems to have considered removing that section.



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