Flame of Anor
- "I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor."
- ― Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
The flame of Anor is a mysterious element or power that Gandalf claimed to wield during his battle with Durin's Bane. The specific nature of this flame is obscure, as it is not referenced directly elsewhere, but there is contextual evidence to support some inferences.
Anor is the Sindarin name for the Sun, and so literally the "flame of Anor" would be the light of the Sun, which originated in the fiery fruit of Laurelin, one of the Two Trees of Valinor. Alternatively, the "flame of Anor" may refer to Gandalf's possession of Narya the Great, whose stone was red as fire.
The expression might metaphorically refer to some power wielded by the Wizard, as a Maia and servant of the Flame Imperishable; with the pure light of the Sun standing as the antithesis to the "dark fire" of the fallen Balrog.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm", p. 330
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 30, 38
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens", p. 1030