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music of Ainur

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Published: January 12, 2013
© 2013 - 2020 breath-art
Eru is the supreme being, God. Eru is transcendent, and completely outside of and beyond the world. He first created a group of angelic beings, called in Elvish the Ainur, and these holy spirits were co-actors in the creation of the universe through a holy music and chanting called the "Music of the Ainur", or Ainulindall in Elvish.
Eru alone can create independent life or reality by giving it the Flame Imperishable. All beings not created directly by Eru, (e.g. Dwarves, Ents, Eagles), still need to be accepted by Eru to become more than mere puppets of their creator. Melkor desired the Flame Imperishable and long sought for it in vain, but he could only twist that which had already been given life
Eru created alone the Elves and Men. This is why in The Silmarillion both races are called the Children of Illvatar. The race of the Dwarves was created by Aule, and given sapience by Eru. Animals and plants were fashioned by Yavanna during the Music of the Ainur after the themes set out by Eru. The Eagles of Manwe were created from the thought of Manwand Yavanna. Yavanna also created the Ents, who were given sapience by Eru. Melkor instilled some semblance of free will into his mockeries of Eru Illvatar's creations (Orcs and Trolls).

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Thelamps's avatar
Thank you breath-art for choosing Ea to depict with you amazing talent ! Shattering stuff.
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Holmes-JAHobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! It's like a stained glass window. I really need to pick up a copy of the Silmarillion.
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My Silmarillion lovers heart sings... Utterly magical.
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CatholicbyHeartHobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful! It was fun to guess which vala each one was based off of his or her cloathing and surroundings. Well done!
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Will there be a print of this sold?  Because it is BEAUTIFUL.  I would buy like 3 prints for me...and then another 20 for other people.
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Aysuna7Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so stunning!
NanaStasiya's avatar
So, this is what the music looked like...
OspreyEamon's avatar
I really like the way you've depicted the One in this piece.
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I can't tell you how much your art has moved me.  The Silmarillion is a book I have read countless times, and I've always been enthralled by the creation story in's my favorite bit of Tolkien over everything he's written.  To see it represented in such a way....I'm blown away.  Literally.  I think these pieces are, hands down, the most amazing, thoughtful, creative things I've ever seen.  Thank you so much for all your hard work.  I can't wait to have some hanging in my home.
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AjaxTelamoneisHobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, this is beautiful!

I could never quite imagine these scenes... what Eru looked like, what the Valar looked like, what it would look like to watch them sing things into existence together ... wow.
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That's probably the most fascinating depiction of Eru I've ever seen in any artwork, and I just adore how the color blue is used so well here.
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sell me this print PLEASE!!!!
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Tolkien, I suspect, would have been livid, had he ever seen this "Eru", if the story of his rather furious reaction to an overly-feminine depiction of Legolas is any indication.

Additionally, the embryonic proto-edain bears a disturbing resemblance to the protagonist of "Golgo 13", but that's really neither here nor there.
SocQA's avatar
Absolutely beautiful and wonderful work. Interesting depiction of the Ainur and Eru Illuvatar. Thank you for sharing your works with us!
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I'd dearly like to say something clever and insightful, but I've really nothing to say other than that your work is bloody amazing. If I weren't skint broke I'd buy a print of this.
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AsturasHobbyist Photographer
I love this
Nanashi-dono's avatar
One of your best pieces I think. I really like it ! Such a beautiful work. 
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dragonsong17Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love the Ainulindale so much, and this is a gorgeous depiction of it!
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Wow. This should be cast in real glass.
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SinsitraHobbyist General Artist
Ooooo! My favourite one! <3
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