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Valaraukar[1][2] is the Quenya name for the Maiarin followers of Morgoth better known in their Sindarin form: Balrogs.


It is formed from words vala, 'power' and rauco, 'monster', possible PQ *balaraukô

In the Etymologies, the word Balrog is derived from ñgwalaraukô[3] but this would derive Quenya *nwalarauco


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels p.415
  2. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998 p.10
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, The Etymologies, RUK