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Demons also known as the "Umaiar", are spirits of old who turned over to the dark side. Apart from Morgoth, who was originally a Vala, most of the demons were corrupted Maiar (such as Sauron and the Balrogs). Corrupted Maiar were referred to by the Quenya word Umaiar.

Balrogs; the most notable demons of the First Age

Demons

  • Morgoth was the first Dark Lord and Primordial God of Darkness; originally the most powerful of the Ainur, created by Eru Iluvatar.
  • Sauron, the eponymous Lord of the Rings, was a fallen Maia, the creator of the One Ring, and the most trusted lieutenant of his master Melkor.
  • Balrogs were Maiar that were seduced and corrupted by Melkor to his service.
  • Ungoliant was a primordial being in the shape of a gigantic spider. All giant spiders who lived through the ages were descended from her.
Races of the Creatures of Arda
Free Folks:

Ainur | Dwarves | Elves | Ents | Great Eagles | Hobbits | Huorns | Men | Petty-dwarves | Skin-changers (Beornings)

Servants of the Shadow:

Barrow-wights | Demons | Dragons (Fire-drakes) | Giants | Goblins | Ogres | Orcs | Spiders | Trolls | Úvanimor | Vampires | Wargs | Werewolves | Were-worms

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