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Dates
Manwë was immortal, and had existed before the making of Arda
Origins
Entered Arda soon after its creation
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Meaning
'Elder' here recognises Manwë as first King in Arda, pre-eminent over all others
Other names
The Elvish form of the title is given as Aran Einior;1 closely equivalent to High King of Arda, King of Arda
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Elder King

Manwë Súlimo, first among the Valar

Ilúvatar
Melkor
The Elder King
(Manwë)
Varda

A title given to Manwë Súlimo, greatest of the Valar, and held to be the ruler of the realm of Arda.


Notes

1

The Elvish form Aran Einior appears only in notes reproduced in volume 12 of The History of Middle-earth, and so its canonicity is open to question. Nonetheless, these notes are sufficiently detailed that there is little doubt about their applicability. According to this source, Aran Einior was the usual name for Manwë among Sindarin-speakers in Middle-earth, and held similar status to their use of the name Elbereth ('Queen of the Stars') for Manwë's spouse Varda.

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