Tolkien Encyclopedia > Powers > Valar
Eru made the Ainur of his thought and they made the
Music for Eru, sub-creating Eä, also called the World (universe), and Arda (earth) within it as the birthplace for the coming Children of Ilúvatar (Elves, Men, and the adopted Dwarves). Those Ainur who desired it
rose and went to make the Vision of the Music into reality. Once it was
made, the Ainur put on the raiment of bodies and went to dwell therein.
The raiment was a veil over their beings and yet also a manifestation
of their main traits, interests, and relationships. Thus did they have gender and various forms,
such as Yavanna's taking on at times the form of a great Tree, or Ulmo's appearance as a
great Wave of the sea.
The greatest of the Ainur were by the Elves called
Valar, the Powers of Arda. Men have often called them gods.
The Lords of the Valar are seven, and the Queens of
called Valier, are seven also. Listed here are the names by which the
Elves in Valinor called them, although they had more names among the
Elves of Middle-earth, and many names among Men.
The Lords of the Valar in order are Manwë, Ulmo,
Aulë, Oromë, Mandos, Lórien, and Tulkas.
The Queens of the Valar in order are Varda, Yavanna,
Nienna, Estë, Vairë, Vána, and Nessa.
Melkor is no longer counted among the Valar and his
name is not
spoken on the Earth. Instead they give him the epithet of Morgoth, as
first used by Fëanor.
The Aratar are the eight greatest of the Valar.
"Valaquenta: Of the Valar"