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'''Aratar''' or '''Máhani''' ([[Valarin|Val.]] '''''māchanumāz''''') were the '''High Ones of Arda''', the greatest of the [[Valar]]: [[Manwë]], [[Varda]], [[Ulmo]], [[Yavanna]], [[Aulë]], [[Mandos]], [[Nienna]] and [[Oromë]]. Though [[Manwë]] was held to be the High King of [[Arda]], the '''Eight''' were held in equal reverence, and were said to possess a majesty that surpassed even the other [[Valar]].
 
'''Aratar''' or '''Máhani''' ([[Valarin|Val.]] '''''māchanumāz''''') were the '''High Ones of Arda''', the greatest of the [[Valar]]: [[Manwë]], [[Varda]], [[Ulmo]], [[Yavanna]], [[Aulë]], [[Mandos]], [[Nienna]] and [[Oromë]]. Though [[Manwë]] was held to be the High King of [[Arda]], the '''Eight''' were held in equal reverence, and were said to possess a majesty that surpassed even the other [[Valar]].
  
The Aratar were originally nine and included [[Morgoth|Melkor]] (probably as the greatest of them) but he was removed from this 'order' after his rebellion.<ref>{{S|IIb}}</ref>
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The Aratar were originally nine and included [[Melkor]] (probably as the greatest of them), but he was removed from this 'order' after his rebellion.<ref>{{S|IIb}}</ref>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
''Aratar'' is [[Quenya]] for "The Exalted", from the plural of ''[[arata]]'' ("high").{{fact}} It has the same root as the [[Sindarin]] term '''Rodon'''.<ref>Hiswelókë suggests an etymology from [[Old Sindarin|OS]] *(a)råto(ndo) "noble one", [[Primitive Elvish|CE]] *arâtô. Cf. https://www.elfdict.com/w/rodon/s</ref>
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''Aratar'' is [[Quenya]] for "The High Ones",<ref>{{MR|P3II1}}, p. 203 (text used in the published ''[[Valaquenta]]'')</ref> "The Exalted"<ref name=Notes>{{PM|XINotes}}, p. 363, note 43</ref> or "The Supreme".<ref name=Quendi>{{WJ|AD1}}, p. 402</ref>
  
Another form is ''Máhan''/''Máhani'', a loan from the [[Valarin]] term ''māchanāz'' pl. ''māchan<u>um</u>āz'' "[[Authorities]]". These terms are also the source of ''[[Máhanaxar]]''/''Māchananaškad''.<ref>{{WJ|AD1}}</ref>
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''Aratar'' is the plural of ''[[arata]]'' ("high, lofty, noble"),<ref>{{PE|Eldarin}}, p. 49</ref> being an extended form of the stem ''ara-'', which in Quenya had become specialized for the Aratar, but also used in noble names.<ref name=Notes>{{PM|XINotes}}, p. 363, note 43</ref> It has the same root as the [[Sindarin]] term ''Rodon'' (pl. ''Rodyn'').<ref>[[Hiswelókë]] suggests an etymology from [[Old Sindarin|OS]] *(a)råto(ndo) "noble one", [[Primitive Elvish|CE]] *arâtô. Cf. [[Eldamo]]: [http://eldamo.org/content/words/word-4192247721.html: S. ''Rodon'' n.]</ref>
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Another form is ''Máhan''/''Máhani'', a loan from the [[Valarin]] term ''māchanāz'' pl. ''māchan<u>um</u>āz'' "[[Authorities]]". These terms are also the source of ''[[Máhanaxar]]''/''Māchananaškad''.<ref name=Quendi></ref>
  
 
==Other versions of the Legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the Legendarium==
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The idea of some exalted Valar is present since the earlier versions of the ''Valaquenta'', but the number increased with the development.
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Valar (Valian Years) by Phobs

Aratar or Máhani (Val. māchanumāz) were the High Ones of Arda, the greatest of the Valar: Manwë, Varda, Ulmo, Yavanna, Aulë, Mandos, Nienna and Oromë. Though Manwë was held to be the High King of Arda, the Eight were held in equal reverence, and were said to possess a majesty that surpassed even the other Valar.

The Aratar were originally nine and included Melkor (probably as the greatest of them), but he was removed from this 'order' after his rebellion.[1]

Etymology

Aratar is Quenya for "The High Ones",[2] "The Exalted"[3] or "The Supreme".[4]

Aratar is the plural of arata ("high, lofty, noble"),[5] being an extended form of the stem ara-, which in Quenya had become specialized for the Aratar, but also used in noble names.[3] It has the same root as the Sindarin term Rodon (pl. Rodyn).[6]

Another form is Máhan/Máhani, a loan from the Valarin term māchanāz pl. māchanumāz "Authorities". These terms are also the source of Máhanaxar/Māchananaškad.[4]

Other versions of the Legendarium

The idea of some exalted Valar is present since the earlier versions of the Valaquenta, but the number increased with the development.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: The Valaquenta", p. 203 (text used in the published Valaquenta)
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "Notes", p. 363, note 43
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language': Note on the 'Language of the Valar'", p. 402
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 49
  6. Hiswelókë suggests an etymology from OS *(a)råto(ndo) "noble one", CE *arâtô. Cf. Eldamo: S. Rodon n.