Valar and Eldar aren’t used very often in The Rings of Power, but it’s important to know who they are and what they do in order to understand J.R.R. Tolkien’s world. Even more than in The Lord of the Rings, the prequel series on Amazon is built around what the Valar and Eldar do. Even though they aren’t as easy to describe as Men and Dwarves, they make Middle-earth what it is.
The story of how the Valar came to be is buried deep in Tolkien’s legendarium, which hasn’t been shown much on screen until now. But what can be learned from his other works besides The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit is very interesting. The Rings of Power uses information from The Silmarillion and The Histories of Middle-earth to tell the story of the Second Age of Middle-earth.
What happened in the Second Age is shaped by what the Valar do before and during the First Age and by the terrible things that happen to them. Without it, the Second Age doesn’t make much sense.
It’s about how they were made, how they came into the world, how they first fought Morgoth, and how they took in the Elves. How much of their story will be told in The Rings of Power is still to be seen. Here is a look at the past of the Valar and the Eldar.
The Rings of Power Explain the Valar
To understand the Valar, you have to go back to a time before the start of Middle-world. earth’s Eru Ilvatar, who was basically God in Tolkien’s legendarium, gave birth to spirits that mirrored his own thoughts.
People think that Eru’s children, the Ainur, are these spirits. But one Ainur was stronger than the others. Melkor, who would become known as Morgoth, was a reflection of all of Eru’s thoughts, while the rest of the Ainur were reflections of a single thought.
The universe, which they called Ea, came into being when Eru and the Ainur sang. The Great Song was made up of themes from all of the Ainur. Even Melkor added his own discordant notes, which Eru himself fought against in that time before time. In the end, the song was finished, and a whole world with a full history was created.
Eru, let the Ainur look out from the Void and see the world they had helped make. Then they saw what Eru had made in that world: Elves and people, who are called “the Children of Avatar.” The Ainur wanted to be a part of that world, which was called Arda, and Eru let them. When they came to Arda, they were called Valar. As told in the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion, Ainulindal: The Music of the Ainur:
But this condition Ilúvatar made, or it is the necessity of their love, that their power should thenceforward be contained and bounded in the World, to be within it forever, until it is complete, so that they are its life and it is theirs. And therefore they are named the Valar, the Powers of the World.
How The Valar And Eldar Are Involved In The Lord Of The Rings Series
Even though the Valar show up more in The Rings of Power, they aren’t very noticeable in The Lord of the Rings series. Instead, the almost as powerful Maiar are seen. Eru Ilvatar made the Maiar, which are spirits that helped the Valar build Arda. How was the leader of the Maiar and worked for Manw, who was the King of the Valar? Arien and Tilion were also Maiar, and they moved the sun and moon across the sky.
The Istari, who were sent to Middle-earth to help and guide Men, Elves, and Dwarves in their fight against Sauron, is the most well-known servants of the Valar. Gandalf, Radagast, and Saruman have all been in movies from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. They are often called wizards. As we saw with Saruman, though, not all Maiar are good. The Balrogs are Maiar that Morgoth has made bad.
Galadriel is one of the most famous Eldar from The Lord of the Rings books and movies (and now The Rings of Power). She was born in Aman, the land of the Valar. She came to Middle-earth early in the First Age to help fight Morgoth and stayed there because she fell in love with Celeborn.
Other Eldar doesn’t show up in The Lord of the Rings movies, but in The Rings of Power, Celebrimbor, Finrod, and Gil-galad have important parts to play.
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