Meaning: Blessed One
Other Names: Súlimo (Lord of the Breath of Arda)
Location(s): Eä, Arda, Aman, Valinor
Title(s): Elder King, High King of Arda, Lord of the Breath of Arda, Ruler of Arda, Lord of the West
Dates: earliest beginnings - ?
Parents: Eru Ilúvatar (creator)
"[O]f the airs and winds Manwë most had pondered, who is the noblest of the Ainur."
The Silmarillion, Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur
"Manwë has no thought for his own honour, and is not jealous of his power, but rules all to peace. The Vanyar he loved best of all the Elves, and of him they received song and poetry; for poetry is the delight of Manwë, and the song of words is his music. His raiment is blue, and blue is the fire of his eyes, and his sceptre is of sapphire, which the Noldor wrought for him; and he was appointed to be the vicegerent of Ilúvatar, King of the world of Valar and Elves and Men, and the chief defence against the evil of Melkor. With Manwë dwelt Varda the most beautiful, she who in the Sindarin tongue is named Elbereth, Queen of the Valar, maker of the stars; and with them were a great host of spirits in blessedness."
The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 1, Of The Beginning of Days
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