Ilmarë (Quenya; IPA: [ˈilmare] - "Starlight") was chief amongst the Maiar and the handmaiden to Queen Varda.[1]


Ilmarë was the handmaiden of Varda, thereby a guardian spirit of the stars, and one of the chiefs of the Maiar, along with Eönwë, the Herald and Banner-Bearer of King Manwë.[1]


In Quenya, Ilmarë means "Starlight", from ilma.[2] Christopher Tolkien has noted that Ilmarë is related to such words as Ilmen and Ilmarin.[3]

Her name was possibly inspired by Kalevala, where one of the heroes is called Ilmari.

Other versions of the legendarium

Earlier in the legendarium, Ilmarë and Eönwë were conceived as the son and daughter of Manwë and Varda, previously referred to as Erinti and Fionwë Urion. Later, Tolkien abandoned the idea of the Children of the Valar.[4]

As Erinti, she was a Valië here of love, music, and beauty, also named Lotesse and Akairis ("bride"), sister of Noldorin and Amillo. The three of them left Valinor and dwelt in Inwenore (later Tol Eressëa). The second half of January was called Enrintion, which was named after her.[5]

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ኢልማኤ
Arabic إلمير
Armenian Իլմարը
Belarusian Cyrillic Ілмаре
Bengali ইলমারে
Bulgarian Cyrillic Илмаре
Cambodian អ៊ីម៉េរ៉ា
Chinese 伊爾瑪瑞
Chuvash Ильмарэ
Georgian ილმარე
Greek Ίλμαρε
Gujarati ઈલ્મરે
Hebrew אילמרה
Hindi इल्मर्ऐ
Japanese イルマレ
Kannada ಇಲ್ಮರೆ
Kazakh Ильмаре (Cyrillic) Ilmare (Latin)
Korean 일마르
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Илмарэ
Macedonian Cyrillic Илмаре
Marathi इल्मेरे
Mongolian Cyrillic Илмарэ
Nepalese इल्मरे
Persian یلماره
Punjabi ਇਲਮਰੇ
Russian Ильмарэ
Sanskrit इल्मरे
Serbian Илмаре (Cyrillic) Ilmare (Latin)
Sinhalese ඉල්මාරා
Tajik Cyrillic Илмаре
Tamil இல்மாரி
Telugu ఇల్మారె
Thai อิลมาเร
Ukrainian Cyrillic Ілмаре
Urdu یلمارے
Uzbek Илмаре (Cyrillic) Ilmare (Latin)
Yiddish ילמאַרע


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Maiar"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  3. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, II: "The Music of the Ainur"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I