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Anarríma was 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]

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

[edit] Etymology

The elements of the name seem to be anar ("sun") and ríma ("edge, hem, border"), thus: "Sun-border".[3]

[edit] Inspiration

Anarríma is not identifiable with an actual constellation. The word ríma might refer to the Corona Borealis (the Northern Crown) or the Great Square of Pegasus, easily recognized from its four bright stars.

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Anarríma entered the mythology only in "The Later Quenta Silmarillion", composed after the completion of The Lord of the Rings, in early 1950s.[2] In the previous versions of the story, only Valacirca and Telumehtar / Menelmacar are mentioned.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, pp. 71, 141 160
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entries "ANÁR" and "RÎ"
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