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Questions tagged [maiar]

The Maiar are powerful fictional beings from the world of J.R.R. Tolkien

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Is Sauron a lesser type of god? [on hold]

Since he is a powerful being who is seemingly supernatural, could he be considered a god of some type?
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Is Bombadil a maiar like Gandalf? [duplicate]

In Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on the way to returning to the Shire Gandalf tells the hobbits that: But if you would know, I am turning aside soon. I am going to have a long talk with ...
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Are the Maiar more powerful than the Istari?

I know the Maiar are essentially the demi-gods of the Tolkien's world, but the Istari are also supernatural beings, right? From reading a different answer to a question I learned that they are ...
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If Gandalf was a Maia, why couldn't he change form? [duplicate]

According to The LOTR wiki, Gandalf and Saruman are amongst the named Maiar. Again, a quote from Wiki: Maiar, like Valar, do not array themselves in a fixed form, but can freely change their ...
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Do Ainur (generally) need to return to the halls of Mandos to reincarnate?

Sauron and Gandalf both suffer physical deaths (Sauron at least twice) but do not return to the halls of Mandos for recovery, but Saruman dies and is then impotent, forbidden to return and will never ...
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Balrogs: Valar, Maiar or Spirits?

I encountered the following bit, regarding Balrogs, in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Letter 144: The Balrogs, of whom the whips were the chief weapons, were primeval spirits of destroying fire, ...
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How did the Girdle of Melian work?

The Girdle of Melian is described like: "unseen wail of shadow and bewilderment". But how it exactly impeded intruders? Did it contain physical obstacles like tricky rivers, self-spawning precipices,...
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Was Melian embodied like the Istari during her time in Doriath?

In The Silmarillion, we get the story of Melian and Thingol; Melian, being a Maia, does not have a body that she is bound to, but rather was able to take on the shape and likeness of creatures of the ...
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How many of the Ainur were unable to change their physical form?

The Ainur are spirits who do not need bodies, but they can assume them. From the Ainulindalë in the Silmarillion: Their shape comes of their knowledge of the visible World, rather than of the World ...
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Where do Maiar dwell in Valinor?

Do they mingle with the elves? Do they have their own little kingdom somewhere where they fraternize amongst themselves? Or do they stay in Valimar atop the mountain where the Valar are?
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Why does Gandalf show such reverence for Galadriel and Elrond?

Particularly in the Hobbit movies, Elrond mentions that Gandalf answers to Galadriel. Though Gandalf is a Maiar, one of Ainur, shouldn't he be regarded as one of the elders one above the Noldor?
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Are there any more Valar? [duplicate]

If I'm not mistaken, a total of 14 Valar, not including Melkor, are named in The Silmarillion. Are these the only Valar, or are there others who are not named/mentioned? Bonus question: As I ...
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Why didn't Durin's Bane kill the Orcs?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, the Orcs of the Misty Mountains are clearly afraid of the Balrog, and who could blame them? But whereas the Balrog killed all the Dwarves he could find after they woke ...
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Did Sauron literally anticipate the arrival of the Istari?

In Eregion Sauron posed as an emissary of the Valar, sent by them to Middle-earth ("thus anticipating the Istari") or ordered by them to remain there to give aid to the Elves. (Unfinished Tales of ...
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Doesn't Radagast care about trees?

In the book The Two Towers, Treebeard refers to Gandalf as "the only wizard that really cares about trees". But in Fellowship of the Ring, we met the wizard Radagast the Brown, whose special focus is ...
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Is Sauron using his full power?

So Sauron is a maia. The maia were forbidden to use their full power. But there is nothing that restricts Sauron of using the full extent of the maia power. It was said that the maiar were forbidden, ...
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Why is Sauron always portrayed as being stronger than Gandalf?

My understanding is that Sauron along with the other wizards are all Maiar. They are all timeless, so no one is older than anyone else. I would have thought that 5 Maiar (or even two in LOTR) should ...
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How strong were the Maiar, physically speaking?

Is there any mention of it anywhere? As strong as humans? As strong as orcs? Stronger, perhaps?
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Is Shelob a Maia?

Ungoliant is thought to be a Maia, long ago corrupted by Melkor, but is not counted among the Ainur, as Tolkien Gateway states. There are other theories as to what she may be, but the most popular and ...
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Did Saruman continue to exist as an ethereal Maiar after he was murdered?

Inspired by What was Saruman the White's purpose? The Istari are Maiar in corporeal form - it seems evident that some aspect of the Istari continues after the death of their corporeal (and can ...
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Was Gandalf the greatest of the Istari?

I know he is described as the wisest of all Istari/Maiar (the exact word used in that instance escapes me) and I believe, I am however not sure, that he was offered the position of head of the white ...
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Were all Ainur made at the Beginning?

The Ainulindalë says that the Ainur were created at the beginning of time, and seemingly all at once. Were there any of their order, Valar or Maiar, who were "born" later? I can find a reference to ...
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When were the Maiar created?

My understanding of Tolkien mythology is that Eru created the Ainur and the first 14 Ainur are called the Valar who together sang the Universe into being. But the Maiar are also Ainur who live on ...
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What happened to Saruman after he was knifed by Grima?

Saruman was one of Maiar, like Gandalf. Meaning that he had a mortal body but presumably, when that body was killed, would simply return back to his ("spirit?") being. Is there any confirmation from ...
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What exactly was Radagast's role among Maiar?

Radagast seemed to be an "animal whisperer", so what exactly was his point among the Maiar who were sent to guide the sentient races of Middle Earth to fight Sauron?
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Is Gandalf the Gray's power actually limited or did he merely promise to not use it?

We know that the Maiar sent to Middle-earth as Istari are not using their full Maiar power. Gandalf the Gray is more than a human power wise, but not nearly equal to his full real power. Is it known (...
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Could Maiar ever take non-humanoid form?

Could Maiar ever take non-humanoid form? All 3 forms that I'm aware of were human/humanoid (5 Council Wizards, Sauron, and Balrogs).
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Can the Valar or Maiar die?

In "The Lord of the Rings" and the "The Silmarillion" some Maiar (Sauron, several Balrogs, Saruman) are defeated. But did these Maiar actually die and if they did, do they go to Halls of Mandos or ...