Eönwë (Quenya; IPA: [eˈonʷe]) was a Maia serving Manwë as his herald and banner-bearer, and Chief of the Maiar along with Ilmarë.

Biography Edit

Eönwë was referred to as the "greatest of arms in Arda," meaning that he was the best with weapons, but as one of the Maiar he was not necessarily the most powerful in might.[1] When the appeal of Eärendil reached the shores of Aman, it was Eönwë who first greeted him outside of Tirion praising his arrival and accomplishments. When Manwë decided to heed the appeal, Eönwë was sent to Middle-earth to fight the War of Wrath, leading the Host of the Valar.

When Morgoth the Black Foe was defeated, Eönwë took the two remaining Silmarils and held them for safekeeping. The two remaining Sons of Fëanor took them and fled, yet Eönwë did not let them be slain hoping they would see the folly of their ways.[2] After the War of Wrath, Sauron emerged from hiding and approached Eönwë seeking forgiveness but Eönwë did not have the authority to pardon him alone, and told him he would have to return to the Valar to receive judgment but he fled from him instead.[3]

Eönwë also possessed great wisdom and taught the remaining Edain many things, enriching them with great knowledge before the raising of Númenor.[4]

Etymology Edit

Earlier names Edit

Eonwe and Arien

Fionwë Úrion as the son of Manwë and Urwendi in the early versions of the legendarium, by ANDREI RIABOVITCHEV

Although the name Eönwë does not have any particular meaning in either Quenya or Sindarin, his earlier name Fionwë translates to "Son", from fion[5] and the suffix -wë,[6]an old word for "person", deriving from the stem from EWE.[7] This possibly alludes to his previous conception as the son of Manwë.

His other name, Úrion, means "He of the Sun", from ur ("the Sun"), uru ("fire") or urin ("blazing"),[5] and the masculine suffix -ion.[8]

Other versions of the legendarium Edit

In earlier conceptions of the legendarium, Eönwë, then called Fionwë Úrion, was envisioned as the son of Manwë and brother of Erinti, renamed Ilmarë, Varda's handmaiden.[9] In some versions, Fionwë, later named Eönwë, is the one who will kill Morgoth for his love for Urwendi (later named Arien).[10]

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Bulgarian Cyrillic Еонве
Chinese (Hong Kong) 伊昂威
Georgian ეონუე
Japanese エオンウェ
Korean 에온웨
Russian Эонвэ
Greek Έονγουε

Navigation Edit

References Edit

  1. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Maiar"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  3. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  4. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  5. 5.0 5.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. X: Morgoth's Ring, "Myths Transformed"
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XI: "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Notes
  8. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, II: "The Music of the Ainur"
  10. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One IX: "The Hiding of Valinor"