Great Persons

The Ainur, or “Holy Ones,” were the first beings created by Eru, the one God. According to the Elda tale known as the Ainulindale; their spirit seperated the creation of Ea, “The World that is.” They came into Existence in the very beginning. The Ainur were with Eru, “the One,” before anything else was made. Eru’s thought gave birth to two groups ofAinur: the exalted Valar (Q. “Powers”) and their lesser but more numerous brethren, the Maiar(Q. “Hands”). Together, these immortal servants form a community born out of Eru’s conception, a community entrusted with both the making and guardianship of Arda, “thePlace.” (Ender, “Middle-earth,” is the central continent in Arda.) Eru (who the Eldar call “Ihivatar”) kindled the Ainur with the Flame Imperishable, the Secret Fire, giving the Holy Ones Being and Vision. Aftersending the Flame to burn at the heart of Ea, the One spoke to the Ainur. He imparted themes of musicand the Ainur sang. They sang separatelyat 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 Worldand the Heavens-grew out of the Song, as did Fate.

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