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Dates
Immortal; existed before the creation of Arda
Pronunciation
iloo'vatarr
Meaning
'Father of All'1
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  • Updated 4 May 1998
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Ilúvatar

A name of Eru

The name among Elves of Eru, the One, from whom the Ainur had their being. Through the Music of the Ainur, Ilúvatar created the World and the beings who inhabit it, and only he fully knows its fate.


Notes

1

'All-father' was also a title of the Norse god Odin, a fact of which Tolkien must certainly have been aware.

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