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Who is the oldest character in the trilogy, what is his role, race and powers?

merged by Rand al'Thor Nov 18 '16 at 12:34

This question was merged with Who or what is the oldest sentient being in Tolkien's lore? because it is an exact duplicate of that question.

  • Just the trilogy, or the related works like Silmarillion and Histories of Middle Earth? – Meat Trademark Feb 18 '14 at 16:56
  • And by "character" do you mean including the Valar and Maiar (who existed before the world) or not? – user8719 Feb 18 '14 at 19:17
  • Let's give the user another day to check in and possibly reword, and if it's a hit-n-run we should reword it to re-open. I'm enjoying the discussion. It never occurred to me that such a "simple" question is anything but. – Meat Trademark Feb 19 '14 at 9:01
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    Fine by me, but the question sounds so simple that I love its elegance. Do what thou wilt. (cough cough, Merciful Release, cough) ;) – Meat Trademark Feb 19 '14 at 13:06
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    See also the related questions scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/50367 Who or what is the oldest sentient being in Tolkien's lore? scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/11019 Who's older: Treebeard or Tom Bombadil? – b_jonas Feb 20 '14 at 8:46