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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]].
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[[File:Phobs - Valar (Valian Years).png|250px|thumb|"Valar (Valian Years)" by [[:Category:Images by Phobs|Phobs]]]]
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'''Aratar''' 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>
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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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==Etymology==
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''Aratar'' is [[Quenya]] for "The Exalted", from the plural of ''[[arata]]'' ("high").{{fact}}
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Revision as of 22:23, 27 January 2020

"Valar (Valian Years)" by Phobs

Aratar 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 Exalted", from the plural of arata ("high").[source?]

Other versions of the Legendarium

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"