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Biographical Information
Other namesOne of the Chiefs of the Maiar, Handmaiden to Varda
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Ilmarë

Ilmarë (Q, pron. [ˈilmare]) was a Maia and the handmaiden to Varda. She is only mentioned briefly in the Valaquenta, where she is described as one of the chiefs of the Maiar.[1]

Other versions of the legendarium

In The Book of Lost Tales Part One Ilmarë is implied to be the daughter of Manwë and Varda.


Her name may be related to one of the Quenya words for "Starlight".[2] Christopher Tolkien has noted that Ilmarë is related to such words as Ilmen and Ilmarin.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", entry GIL
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry ilm-