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A term used in the last centuries of the Second Age preceding the Downfall of Númenor in II 3319
Location
Used on the island of Númenor
Race
Culture
Pronunciation
Valar is pronounced 'va'larr' (where 'rr' indicates that the final 'r' sound should be distinctly pronounced)
Meaning
Valar means 'Powers'
Other names
A name given to the Eldar of Eressëa by the Númenóreans

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Spies of the Valar

A name for the Eldar in Númenor

In the early days of the kingdom of Númenor, its people maintained friendly relations with the Eldar of Eressëa, which lay nearby to the west. The Elves from that isle would often sail to Númenor, where they were greeted by the Men who lived there. As the centuries passed, a powerful faction developed that distrusted these Elves, imagining that they were spying for the Valar. During the reign of Ar-Gimilzôr (who acceded the throne in II 3102) the so-called 'Spies of the Valar' were banned from Númenor altogether, and those few Faithful Númenóreans who continued to welcome them became subject to legal sanction.


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