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Salmar (Q, pron. [ˈsalmar]) was a Maia[1] serving Ulmo. He made the Ulumúri for his master, the great conches which produce the music of the sea.[2][note 1]


[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In earlier conceptions of the legendarium Salmar is often called by the title Noldorin, and sometimes Lirillo.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The Q(u)enya name Salmar is derived from salma ("lyre, small harp"). Lirillo is a Qenya name meaning "Valu of the Song" (containing either glîr "a song, poem" or lir- "sing" + masculine ending -illo).[4]


  1. Salmar is mentioned only once in the narrative and his nature as a Maia is given in the Index, but it is unknown whether that entry was written by J.R.R. Tolkien or his son Christopher Tolkien.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Index
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 13 (footnote 10)

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Queens:  Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa
Rebel:  Melkor
Associated Maiar
Manwë Eönwë · Olórin (Gandalf) Varda Ilmarë · Olórin (Gandalf) · Arien
Aulë Mairon (Sauron) · Curumo (Saruman) Yavanna Aiwendil (Radagast)
Ulmo Ossë · Uinen · Salmar Estë Melian
Oromë Tilion · Blue Wizards (Alatar · Pallando) Vána Melian
Other Maiar
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Wizards Saruman · Gandalf · Radagast · Blue Wizards (Rómestámo · Morinehtar)
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