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Genealogy of the Ainur
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Published: July 22, 2015
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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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Hesperinthe's avatar

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.

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stormshadiwsmith's avatar
Really nice work, one of my favorites. Cant imagine how much work you put into this getting the order right, much less the art
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Napkints's avatar
The JPG download isn't working. Has it been removed?

Edit: Nevermind! I got figured it out. This is a beautiful looking chart by the way.
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NKatsiadas's avatar
This is pretty amazing, enanoakd! Is there any possibility of fixing the typo? I would love to get a print made and framed and placed on my Tolkien wall. Truly, this is magnificent.
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enanoakd's avatar
What typo? I made this long ago and my english was never the best. If you can tell me where they are and if there are any other grammar mistake I'll be glad to fix it.
The problem with the print is that I made this in 72dpi, screen resolution, so the downloadable file is the biggest resolution you have of this, if you print it, let me know how it goes.
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No worries, friend! Or, should I say, "mellon"?  Of course, I can let you know how it goes. The typo is under "Stone Giants." You write, "They were, if it was possible, even more tumb than Trolls, though Stone-Giants were not always evil." 

It should read, "They were, if it was possible, even more dumb than Trolls..."

So, in short, it should be "dumb," not "tumb."
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enanoakd's avatar
Thanks for letting me know that! I just fixed it! :) 
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Wooddavers's avatar
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|Professional Writer
Wow! Awesome!
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maetrix|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| Digital Artist
Again the same problem with use of works of others.
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scarred-one|Hobbyist General Artist
This is a grand and major work! Thanks for sharing!
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darkphyre0|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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thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :) 
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SuzumeMizuno's avatar
Amazing! Thank you for sharing it!
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enanoakd's avatar
Thanks to you :)
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RinnJ's avatar
Superb, awesome!
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enanoakd's avatar
Thanks! :) 
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alexlewis's avatar
You should sell this on redbubble. People (i.e. me) would buy it.
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Tang1950's avatar
Brilliant! Is it available as a poster/print? 
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enanoakd's avatar
I made it for web size only (72 dpi). For the full size click on Download.
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hughofbardfield's avatar
This is amazing! Thank you for sharing. Any chance of a higher-res version please? 
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