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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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I have looked up and down for the original post of this! I've recently started reading the Silmarillion and am just now discovering how much I've been missing by having only read and seen LOTR and the Hobbit. I LOVE this chart, so much so that I wish I could get it to use whenever I am referring back to the book. You wouldn't happen to sell prints of this somewhere would you??
Hey dude I got a link to the higher resolution one if you’re interested!! https://www.reddit.com/r/lotr/comments/5x2zq8/genealogy_of_the_ainur_artistic_rendition_credit/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
My mellon, hookin a brotha up with that good shit. I do have a trouble though, I am new here, and if one of you had the patience, I would like to know how to view this image in high definition (I've already downloaded it). I can scarcely make out the finer writing and could use a nudge in the right direction. Thanks again creator!
Really nice work! Also, not to be critical, but the Valar and Maiar only existed within Arda--they became Maiar and Valar once they entered the world, but outside of it, they were just Ainur. Valar and Maiar are power-based, but they're more positions than a subdivision of Ainur.