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The Children of Ilúvatar were Elves and Men (Quendi and Atani), the two earthly races created by Eru Ilúvatar, the supreme being of the universe.

History

After the themes of Ilúvatar and the proclamation of , Eru set all the firstborn of Elves and Men in places of the world that even the Valar could not find. Elves were the first of the Children of Ilúvatar to appear in Middle-earth, whereas Men were not to follow until the beginning of the First Age, with the creation of the Sun and Moon, many thousands of years later.[1]

Elves were named the Quendi ("those who speak", in Quenya) and also Minnónar[1] ("Firstborn"). In time they were divided into many groupings, often distinguished by their respective linguistic branches. Men were also named the Apanónar ("Those born after" or "Afterborn"), Fírimar ("Mortals"), Engwar ("the Sickly"), and the Followers. These somewhat derogatory names were given to Men by the Elves, who were the primary historians of the early events of Middle-earth.[2]

Dwarves were not included in this distinction, as they were creations of Aulë alone. The story of their creation was told in the Quenta Silmarillion, and explains how the Elves and Men were created by Eru Ilúvatar directly, without delegation to the Ainur.

Animals and plants were probably fashioned by Ainur after themes set out by Eru in the Music of the Ainur. In cases where animals exhibit sapience, as in the case of Huan or the Eagles, this is questionable they may actually be Maiar instead.[citation needed]

Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Kinders van Ilúvatar
Albanian Fëmijë e Ilúvatar
Arabic أطفال ىلوڢاتار
Armenian Իլուվատար-ի երեխաներ
Azerbaijani Ilúvatarın Uşaqları
Basque Ilúvatarren seme-alabak
Belarusian Cyrillic Дзеці ад Ілуватар
Bengali ইলুভাটার এর শিশুদের
Bulgarian Cyrillic Чеда на Илуватар
Catalan Fills de Ilúvatar
Cebuano Mga anak sa Ilúvatar
Chinese 伊露維塔的儿童
Croatian Ilúvatarova djeca
Czech IIlúvatarovy děti
Danish Ilúvatars børn
Dutch Kinderen van Ilúvatar
Esperanto Filoj de Ilúvatar
Estonian Ilúvatari lapsed
Filipino Mga bata ng Ilúvatar
Finnish Ilúvatarin lapset
French Enfants d'Ilúvatar
Galician Fillos de Ilúvatar
Georgian ილუვატორის ბავშვები
German Kinder von Ilúvatar
Greek Παιδιά του Ιλούβαταρ
Gujarati ઇલુવતારનું બાળકો
Haitian Creole Timoun de Ilúvatar
Hausa Yara na Ilúvatar
Hebrew ילדי אילובאטאר
Hindi ईलुवतर के बच्चे
Hungarian Ilúvatar Gyermekeit
Icelandic Ilúvatars börn
Indonesian Anak anak Ilúvatar
Irish Gaelic Páistí de Ilúvatar
Italian Figli di Ilúvatar
Japanese ーヴァタールの子らをアル
Kannada ಇಲುವಾಟರ್ ಮಕ್ಕಳು
Kazakh Ылұватарның балалар (Cyrillic) Iluvatarnıñ balalar (Latin)
Korean 일루바타의 아이들
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Илуватардын балдар
Latvian Ilúvatara bērni
Lithuanian Ilúvataro vaikai
Luxembourgish Kanner vun Ilúvatar
Macedonian Cyrillic Деца на Илуватар
Malaysian Kanak-kanak Ilúvatar
Maori Tamariki o Ilúvatar
Maltese Tfal ta ' Ilúvatar
Marathi इलुवतारचे मुले
Mongolian Cyrillic Илуватар-ийн хүүхдүүд
Nepalese ईलुवतरको बच्चाहरु
Norwegian Ilúvatars barn
Persian دوران فرزندان ایلوواتار
Polish Dzieci Ilúvatara
Portuguese Filhos de Ilúvatar
Punjabi ਇਲਵਤਾਰ ਦਾ ਬੱਚੇ
Romanian Copiilor lui Ilúvatar
Russian Дети Илуватара
Samoan Fanau a Ilúvatar
Scottish Gaelic Clann de Ilúvatar
Serbian Деца Илуватар (Cyrillic) Deca Iluvatar (Latin)
Sinhalese ඉලුවාර්ටාර්ජී දරුවන්
Slovak Ilúvatarove deti
Slovenian Ilúvatarovi otroci
Spanish Hijos de Ilúvatar
Sundanese Barudak tina Ilúvatar
Swahili Watoto wa Ilúvatar
Swedish Ilúvatars barn
Tajik Cyrillic Илуватар Кӯдакон ?
Thai บุตรแห่งอิลูวาทาร์
Turkish Ilúvatar'ın Çocukları
Ukrainian Cyrillic Дітьми Ілуватара
Urdu الوواتر کی بچوں
Uzbek Илуватарнинг болалар (Cyrillic) Iluvatarning bolalar (Latin)
Vietnamese Bọn trẻ của Ilúvatar
Welsh Plant o Ilúvatar
Xhosa Bantwana ba Ilúvatar
Yiddish קינדער פון ילווואַטאַר
Races of the Creatures of Arda
Free Folks:

Ainur | Dwarves | Ents | Hobbits | Men | Elves | Great Eagles

Servants of the Shadow:

Dragons | Orcs | Wargs | Werewolves | Spiders | Trolls

References

  1. The Silmarillion
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels
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