Tolkien Gateway

Spirits (creatures)

(Difference between revisions)
(Replaced content with "<!--Moved to spirits --> {{Delete}}")
 
Line 1: Line 1:
__NOTOC__
+
<!--Moved to [[spirits]] -->
{{disambig-more|Spirit|[[Spirit (disambiguation)]]}}
+
{{Delete}}
'''Spirits''' refers to beings whose nature in essence were of non-corporeality.
+
 
+
==Groups==
+
 
+
===Ainur===
+
 
+
*''Main article: [[Ainur]]''
+
 
+
Before [[Eä]], [[Ilúvatar|Eru]] created the spirits known as the [[Ainur]], the Holy Ones. The greater were called [[Valar]] and the lesser [[Maiar]].<ref name=SII>{{S|II}}</ref>
+
 
+
Some of the spirits were associated with a certain [[Wikipedia:Classical element|element]], or physical phenomenon:
+
*''Air spirits'': Spirits shaped like [[hawks]] and [[eagles]] delivered messages to [[Manwë]] as he sat in his throne in [[Ilmarin]] upon [[Taniquetil]].<ref>{{S|1}}</ref>
+
*''Fire spirits'': The Maia [[Arien]] is said to have been "''from the beginning a spirit of fire''".<ref name=S11>{{S|11}}</ref> Melkor seduced some of the fire spirits, which became known as the [[Balrogs]].<ref>{{S|IId}}</ref>
+
*''Water spirits'': A host of spirits followed [[Ulmo]] to maintain the waters of [[Arda]], of whom the Maiar [[Ossë]] and [[Uinen]] were the greatest.<ref>{{S|1}} ("''Salmar came with [Ulmo] to Arda, [...] and Ossë and Uinen also, to whom he gave the government of the waves and the movements of the Inner Seas, and many other spirits beside.''")</ref> Perhaps [[Salmar]], and [[Goldberry]] and the [[River-woman]] were such water spirits.
+
*''Shadow spirits'': It is told that [[Morgoth]] sent "''spirits of shadow''" against [[Tilion]], as he hated the light of the [[Sun]] and [[Moon]].<ref name=S11/>
+
 
+
===Evil spirits===
+
 
+
All Ainur originally adhered to Eru, but the Vala [[Morgoth|Melkor]] became corrupted and fell from the grace of [[Ilúvatar|Eru]].<ref name=SII/> Melkor "''gathered to himself spirits out of the voids of Eä that he had perverted to his service''", and these became known as the [[Úmaiar]] or [[demons]].<ref>{{MR|P2}}, pp. 53 (§17), 79 (commentary to §30)</ref>
+
 
+
In the late [[Third Age]], spirits of "''evil vigilance''" are said to have abode in the [[Two Watchers]].<ref>{{RK|VI1}}</ref> The [[Barrow-wights]] are furthermore said to be evil spirits who had entered in deserted mounds, stirring the bones of the dead.<ref name=Eriador>{{App|Eriador}}</ref>
+
===Other===
+
[[Tom Bombadil]] was probably a "spirit" (of some sorts) of the earth.<ref name=coghill>Tolkien described Tom as "The spirit of the this earth made aware of itself": [[Letter to Nevill Coghill]] (Excerpt reproduced [http://wayneandchristina.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/tom-bombadil-addenda-corrigenda/ here]</ref> [[Goldberry]] and the [[River-woman]] would perhaps belong to such an order.<ref>{{webcite|articleurl=http://tolkien.slimy.com/essays/Bombadil4Spirits.html|articlename=What is Tom Bombadil? Viable Theories: A Nature Spirit?|author=Steuard Jensen|website=[[Tolkien FAQ]]}}</ref>
+
==Other names==
+
In [[Quenya]], a collective name for the spirits is ''[[ëalar]]''.<ref name=MR>{{MR|P3I3}}, p. 165 (commentary on § 18)</ref>
+
 
+
==Other versions of the legendarium==
+
In an early version of Tolkien's mythology, tiny, gleaming spirits appear dancing in [[An Evening in Tavrobel|a poem]] about [[Tavrobel]].<ref>{{ATB|A2}}, pp. 284-5></ref>
+
 
+
==See also==
+
*[[Sprites]]
+
 
+
==External links==
+
*[http://middle-earth.xenite.org/2013/12/03/who-were-the-spirits-from-afar-that-yavanna-summoned/ Who Were the Spirits From Afar That Yavanna Summoned?] by [[Michael Martinez]]
+
 
+
{{references}}
+
{{title}}
+
[[Category:Spirits]]
+

Latest revision as of 11:38, 5 March 2021

"Go back to the abyss prepared for you!" — Gandalf
This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page; if this page obviously does not meet the criteria for speedy deletion - or you intend to fix it - please remove this notice.
Administrators - Remember to check if anything links here and the page history (last edit) before deleting.