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'''Aratar''' ('The Exalted'; [[arat]] = high, -r = plural suffice) were the eight greatest [[Valar]]: [[Manwë]], [[Varda]], [[Ulmo]], [[Yavanna]], [[Aulë]], [[Mandos]], [[Nienna]] and [[Oromë]]. Though [[Manwë]] was held to be the High King of [[Arda]], all these eight were held in equal reverence, and were said to possess a majesty that surpassed even the other [[Valar]].
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'''Aratar''' ('The Exalted'; [[arat]] = high, -r = plural suffix) 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|Vala}}</ref>
 
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|Vala}}</ref>

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Aratar ('The Exalted'; arat = high, -r = plural suffix) 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]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"