“The Great among these spirits the Elves name the Valar, the Powers of Arda, and Men have often called them gods.” (The Silmarillion) As we continue our discussion of Tolkien’s mammoth history, we turn our thoughts to those most enigmatic and interesting of his creation, the Valar. Servants of Ilúvatar, formers of Middle Earth, of all of Tolkien’s creatures, perhaps none have been more discussed, debated and wondered at.

Likened at times to angels or Greek gods, these beings of power, wisdom and authority don’t seem to fit easily into any mold. Even their names evoke mystery and inspire the imagination – Manwë, Aulë, Lórien, Varda, Yavanna, Nienna – names that are found over and over again throughout the lore of Middle Earth.

Who were the Valar, and what was their purpose? What influenced Tolkien in his design of their characters and deeds? How did their actions and enmities shape the history of Middle Earth and the creatures who dwelled there? Join us this weekend in #thehalloffire as we continue our study of The Silmarillion with “The Silmarillion – Valaquenta.”


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