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Genealogy of the Ainur by enanoakd Genealogy of the Ainur by enanoakd
The genealogy of the Ainur. The God-spirits of Middle-Earth.

Much of this information comes from the MERP expansion of the fandom by  Iron Crown Enterprises and Tolkien Enterprises.
Hope you like it.

The Ainur, or "Holy Ones," were the first beings created by Eru, the one God. According to the Elda tale known as the Ainulindalë, their spirits predated the creation of Ea, "The World that Is." They came into Existence in the very Beginning. Eru's thought gave birth to two groups of Ainur: the exalted Valar (Q. "Powers") and their lesser but more numerous brethren, the Maiar (Q. "Hands" or "Beautiful Ones"). Together, these immortal ser- vants form a community borne out of Eru's conception, a community entrusted with the both the making and guardianship of Arda, "the Place." (Endor, "Middle-earth," is the central continent in Arda.) Eru (who the Eldar call "Iluvatar") kindled the Ainur with the Flame Imperishable, the Secret Fire, giving the Holy Ones Being and Vision. After sending the Flame to burn at the heart of Ea, the One spoke to the Ainur. He imparted themes of music and the Ainur sang. They sang separately at first, but Eru eventually gathered them in the Timeless Halls and instilled in them a grand theme. This theme guided the Ainur into harmony and gave birth to the Great Music. The Ainu chorus sang the Great Music, and the pattern and being of all that exists was born. Ea—the World and the Heavens—grew out of the Song, as did Fate.

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Wooddavers Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017
I like how, if you read into it at all, you could argue there being Lovecraft style horrors deep in the earth. At one point Gandalf says something to the tune of "There're nameless beasts in the earth so old that even Sauron's never heard of them". And Sauron's an earth spirit (as old as the planet), hence probably pretty knowledgeable about the earth.

That's spooky to think about :D
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celes33 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Writer
Wow! Awesome!
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maetrix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This looks awesome; can't really tell on my screen but is there a typo under Stone Giants? (tumb/dumb?) - Would love to see this as a poster... 
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017   Digital Artist
Again the same problem with use of works of others.
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scarred-one Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a grand and major work! Thanks for sharing!
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TheFlagandAnthemGuy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017
Amazing
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darkphyre0 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my lord.. this is beyond epic.. I don't think there are words to adequately praise the work that has clearly gone into this.

I shall simply kneel like the great Wayne and Garth, bowing in unworthiness to your awesomeness :heart:
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017
thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :) 
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SuzumeMizuno Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017
Amazing! Thank you for sharing it!
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017
Thanks to you :)
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RinnJ Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017
Superb, awesome!
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017
Thanks! :) 
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alexlewis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
You should sell this on redbubble. People (i.e. me) would buy it.
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Tang1950 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Brilliant! Is it available as a poster/print? 
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
I made it for web size only (72 dpi). For the full size click on Download.
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hughofbardfield Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
This is amazing! Thank you for sharing. Any chance of a higher-res version please? 
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Click on Download.
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mariannabotte Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Oh my goodness this is perfection! Thank you thank you thank you! I will use this while reading the Silmarillion :)
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
Glad you like it. :)
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TheLordTaxus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016
Is this available as a poster?
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
I made it for web size only (72 dpi). For the full size click on Download.
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Wilvarin-dur Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What a masterpiece! Superb...
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016
Thank you  :happybounce: 
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KipRasmussen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is astonishing. As a Tolkien artist, I'm just astounded. Incredible.

Kip
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Thank you so much, friend! Hug 
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AkameSt Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Спасибо ^_^
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
I am a dummy! 
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shyfoxling Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
Hey, did you know that under the "Spirits of Water" heading you put "..shared nature with the element of air"? Probably just a copy-paste error...
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Damn! :P thanks for letting me know. I just fixed it.
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sauron9 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Can't get enough of the tales of the silmarillion. Thanks for posting. 
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Thanks for your comment. Cheers!
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
This is a true masterpiece !
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Thank you :)
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
You're very welcome ! Great works :nod:
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Phil-Boswell Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Wow!
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sanctuspiox Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
Do you sell any of your work?
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
No I don't. Sorry. I made it in 72 dpi.
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Nhlaqgor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Impressive!
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Thank you :)
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The-Gaming-Demoness Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing work! :clap:
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
Thank you Huggle! 
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The-Gaming-Demoness Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :)
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Crystal-Cuthalion Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
This is impressive! Is everything canon?
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Not everything as I explained in the description, many things belongs to MERP.
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Hman999 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
Never realized there were this many spirits, canonically or otherwise. Excellent work!
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
I'm glad you liked it :)
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black-cat16 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
This thing made me realise how shitty is my knowledge. Thanks for making it, it's speechless. Rarely I see things that make me speechless, but it's one of them.
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Thank you so much :)
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Djota Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Really fantastic.
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enanoakd Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
Thank you :)
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