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Aulë

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Aulë
Vala
Biographical Information
Other namesAȝūlēz, Óli, Mahal, The Great Smith, Smith, Maker, Friend of the Noldor
PositionRocks and metals
LocationMansions of Aulë
AffiliationMairon and Curumo
LanguageValarin; also devised Khuzdul for the Dwarves
Family
SpouseYavanna
Physical Description
GenderMale

Aulë was a Vala and one of the Aratar, Smith of the Powers and concerned with rock and metal, nature of substances and works of craft.

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[edit] Attributes

Aulë governs the substances of the Ambar and he delights in all works and crafts all of which he is master, from small works of skin to the forging of all lands and mountains and basins of the sea. He made the rocks, the gems and all minerals.[1]

He enjoyed his skill of devising and making new things, and being praised. In these thoughts and powers he was like Melkor, as Ilúvatar gave him scarce less skill and knowledge. Aule was always faithful to Eru and submitted all his creations to His will. He was never jealous of others' creations, but sought and gave counsel. He enjoyed in the things he made and in the making itself and passed ever to some new work, without hoarding or possessing. For this, there was much strife between him and Melkor who envied him; Melkor always marred his work and Aule always sought to repair them.[1][2]

He was the third most powerful of the Aratar. He was husband to Yavanna, with whom he dwelt in central Valinor.

Several Maiar were associated with Aulë: Mairon, before being corrupted by Melkor and becoming Sauron; and Curumo, who later went to Middle-earth as an Istar to combat Sauron.

[edit] History

In the Song of the Ainur Aule thought most of the fabric of the Earth.[2] During the creation of Arda, Aulë worked much with Manwe and Ulmo;[2] Aule fashioned the substances that composed Ambar, and was most involved in building the continents and mountains. As he was much like Melkor, there was strife between them and he grew weary repairing the tumults and disorders caused by Melkor on his work.[1] One of his Maiar, Mairon, would be ensnared by his enemy in those early strifes.[3]

When Osse was also seduced by Melkor, Aule pleaded to Uinen to calm and restrain him, and so the Maia returned to his master Ulmo.[4]

Ted Nasmith - Aulë the Destroyer

He constructed Angainor, the chain of Melkor, the lamps Illuin and Ormal and the vessels of the Sun and Moon.

Aulë created his own race of beings, the Dwarves, because he was unwilling to wait for the Children of Ilúvatar to appear. Ilúvatar knew of this and even as Aulë was instructing them He chastened Aulë. Aulë humbly repented, offering his children to the will of Ilúvatar, whom He accepted as His adopted children. Since Ilúvatar had decided that the Elves were to be the first-born race, He made the Dwarves to sleep until the Elves woke on Arda.

When the Elves came to Valinor, the Ñoldor became the students of Aulë and was their friends.[1] Fëanor was his greatest pupil, and from him learned the craft to make the Silmarils.

[edit] Names and etymology

Aulë apparently means "invention" in Quenya (pronounced [ˈa͡ʊle]) from root GAWA.[5]

The name is also said to derive from Valarin Aȝūlēz.[6]

In Sindarin, his name is Óli (pronounced [ˈoːli]) or Ôl ([oːːl]).

In Khuzdul, his name is Mahal ("The Maker", pron. [mahal]).[7]

In Eriol's Old English translations, Aule is referred to as Craeftfrea "Craft-ruler".[8]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Enemies"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Maiar"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 358 (form: Aule)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language': Note on the 'Language of the Valar'"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Aulë and Yavanna"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: Appendix 1: Fragments of a translation of The Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English, made by Ælfwine or Eriol; together with Old English equivalents of Elvish names"


Ainur
Valar
Lords:  Manwë · Ulmo · Aulë · Oromë · Mandos · Irmo · Tulkas
Queens:  Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa
Former:  Melkor
Associated Maiar
Manwë Eönwë · Olórin Varda Ilmarë · Olórin · Arien
Ulmo Ossë · Uinen · Salmar Yavanna Aiwendil
Aulë Mairon · Curumo Estë Melian
Oromë Tilion · Alatar · Pallando Vána
Other Maiar
Balrogs Gothmog · Durin's Bane · Lungorthin
Wizards Saruman · Gandalf · Radagast · Blue Wizards (Rómestámo · Morinehtar)
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