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The Silmarillion: The Maiar

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From Tolkien's " Silmarillion":

The Maiar are less powerful than the Valar, the gods of Middle Earth; some kind of angelic, elemental spirits.
All of them serve their particular Valar.
I didn't draw the later Blue Wizards or Balrogs, for I had no real picture of them in mind (yet).

Btw: Even non-Silmarillion-readers will discover some people they know in the first and last row.



Short and easy Who is Who:

Eonwe: Manwe’s banner-bearer and herald, one of the chiefs of the Maiar, said to be the best in Arda with weapons.

Ilmare: Varda’s handmaiden, one of the chiefs of the Maiar, her name may mean as much as ‘starlight’.

Mairon: Originally one of the Maiar of Aule, Mairon’s love for crafting and perfection made him the ideal victim for Melkor, for whom he spied some time before he joined him openly and made quite a career under his new name Sauron ("The Abhorred"). After his master was finally kicked into the Void by the other Valar, Sauron took over business very successfully.

 
Melian:
Serving Vana and Este, Melian accidently fell in love with the later great elvenking Thingol and stayed with him in Middle Earth. They had one beautiful daughter named Luthien, who became quite legendary. After Luthien chose mortality and Thingol’s –violent- death, Melian returned to Valinor.

 
Arien:
Serving Vana and Varda, Arien was one of the few Maiar of flame unspoiled by Melkor and chosen to guide the sun. It’s said her eyes were so bright that nobody could look into them.

 
Tilion:
Originally one of Oromes hunters, Tilion loved silver and was chosen to guide the moon. He was a bit reckless, which explains the irregular behavior of the moon. He wanted to be near Arien who guided the sun and tried to catch up with her, but whenever he reached her he got burned so the moon appeared black before the sun.


Osse: One of the Maiar serving Ulmo, Osse loved storms and was quite a wild guy altogether, which explains why he temporally joined Melkor and smashed some coasts and isles for him. Only his wife could calm down Osse - he regretted, was forgiven and served Ulmo again.


Uinen: One of the Maiar of Ulmo, wife of Osse. Uinen loved all plants and animals of the sea. Mariners pray to her for their safety, cause she is the only one who can calm down her wild ship smashing husband.


Salmar: One of the Maiar of Ulmo, Salmar made the Ulumuri for him; the great conches which produce the music of the sea.


Curumo: One of the Maiar of Aule, Curumo was chosen to go to Middle Earth as a messenger of the Valar to fight Sauron. He disobeyed his orders and was banished from Valinor. In Middle Earth, he was known as Saruman the White.


Olorin: A pupil of Nienna, dwelling in the gardens of Irmo, Olorin was said to be the wisest of all Maiar. He could indeed prove that when he was send to Middle Earth with the other Istari to counsel those who opposed Sauron, being called Gandalf the Grey.


Aiwendil: Serving Yavanna, she begged Curumo to take Aiwendil with him to Middle Earth. He became very fond of the local animals and nature, but forgot by and by why he had been originally sent to Middle Earth at all. His name there was Radagast the Brown.


Single versions of each Maiar: wolfanitas-art.tumblr.com/



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I absolutely love this! The Maiar are my favorites of Tolkien's beings, partially because of how much Tolkien left up to interpretation with them, and I just love the creativity that went into your designs for each of them. I think my favorite parts are the outfits; each one is absolutely gorgeous, and I love what a fantastic job you do of indicating the elements associated with each Maia with his/her outfit. My favorite outfit is probably Uinen's; I love the scaled bodice, the seashell brooch, the pearl necklace, and the fishtail skirt that all fit so well together. I really love your design for Melian as well; I love the design on the bodice and the headdress, and the dark twilight colors suit her wonderfully.

After the outfits, I also love the shimmering otherworldly hair on Ilmare and Uinen, especially that lovely ombre on Uinen. I always headcanoned that if the Maiar were able to choose their own forms, that there'd be some pretty cool hair colors and other features to be found among the Maiar.

I also really enjoyed your interpretations of Mairon, Curumo, Olorin, and Aiwendil. I love how you were able to bring out so much of their characters as we know them from LOTR in your Maiarin designs for each of them. I especially like the contrast between Mairon and Curumo's more rigid, formal outfits compared to the looser, more carefree outfits of Olorin and Aiwendil. And the little detail of the ring in Mairon's hand is a nice touch.

I feel like I could keep looking at this for hours and still notice little details I hadn't before. Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you! :aww:
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where did you learn the stuff about Salmar? i have the Silmarillion but i don't remenber him
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wolfanita General Artist
See 'notes and references':

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uh, I can not open the link, it marks me that the link failed
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wolfanita General Artist
Okay, his has to be an error with DA because the page and everything works fine, except when linked to DA.

Go to tolkiengateway via search engine and then look up Salmar there.
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thank you^^ so muche to read, they are books i never heard before
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Lol Osse. :XD: But whenever I think of him personally, I have a hard time banishing the image of the "storm-monster" from near the beginning of An American Tail.

These are all so fantastic. :clap:
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Thanks! :D
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Lexicona96Hobbyist General Artist
You forgot the Blue Wizards, whose names are


Their Valinor names are Alatar and Pallando.

Their Middle Earth names are Morinehtar and Rómestámo

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wolfanita General Artist
I didn't forget them, I deliberately didn't draw them, as I did write in the DESCRIPTION.
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LordBaionStudent General Artist
I'm really attracted to Sauron's human-like appearance. I've always wondered what he looked like under that full suit of armor. The orange brings out his inner flames. Keep up the decent work. 
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wolfanita General Artist
Thank you! I'll do my best. ;)
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I know u will. +fav 
Schlipsmut's avatar
Sehr coole Versionen der Valar & Maiar! Hast du auch mal die beiden blauen Istari Alatar und Pallando gezeichnet?
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Danke! Nein.
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Some are serious and some look to be having fun.

I do wonder though: When Gandalf returned to The West, did he revert back to how he look as Olórin or did he continue looking like Gandalf? It's something that's been bugging me.

And I love how you colored Mairon's hair.
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Thank you! :D
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You're welcome! :)
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kingdragon01Hobbyist Photographer
I like the, their cool!
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Thank you! :)
Izvin's avatar
Fantastic. Which one to flatter first? All of them at once! 
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Thank you! :D
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au weia, Olorin ist ganz schön heiß xD
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