The genealogy of the Ainur. The God-spirits of Middle-Earth.
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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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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.
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.
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..."
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.