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Biographical Information
PositionOne of the Chiefs of the Maiar
Handmaiden of Varda
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Ilmarë

Ilmarë (Q, pron. [ˈilmare]) was one of the chiefs of the Maiar, and the handmaiden to Queen Varda.

She is only mentioned briefly in the Valaquenta, where Ilmarë is described along with the Maia Eönwë who was the banner-bearer and herald of King Manwë.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In the early stages of the legendarium, Ilmarë (then called Erinti) was the daughter of Manwë and Varda, but the concept of the Valar having children was abandoned and Ilmarë became Varda's handmaiden. [2]

[edit] Etymology

Her name may be related to one of the Quenya words for "Starlight".[3] Christopher Tolkien has noted that Ilmarë is related to such words as Ilmen and Ilmarin.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "II. The Music of the Ainur", p. 58
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entry GIL
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry ilm-