Creation of the Ainur
|This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.|
|Creation of the Ainur|
|Location||The Timeless Halls|
|Result||The existence of the Ainur|
|Part of||Eru's creations|
Ilúvatar made the Ainur "in the beginning", before the creation of Time, in the Timeless Halls that he had prepared for them. As offspring of his thought, at first each one only "comprehended that part of the mind of Ilúvatar from which he came". After this, He propounded to them themes of music, which later would initiate the Music of the Ainur and the Creation of the World.
Other versions of the legendarium
The concept of offspring from One suggests a sort of Pythagorean divisibility of a unity into component parts without disminution of the whole. The Ainur are powers or principalities emanating directly from the godhead and are developed in the text as aspects of his nature.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: [Introduction]"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur", "...he went forth from the fair regions that he had made for the Ainur"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "II. The Music of the Ainur", The Music of the Ainur, p. 52
- Verlyn Flieger, Splintered Light (Revised Edition), "Splintered Light and Splintered Being", p. 51