The TOLKIEN GALLERY
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The Maiar of Aul

MAIAR [probably from MA3- 'hand']
[The Maiar of Aulë]
 

The Maiar [plural of Maia] were the workmen of the Valar, and were also called the Lesser Ainur.
Here this author has imposed an image of 'gods' over a stark landscape, implying that the finishing touches are yet to be applied. The queue is from a Hittite stone relief often called 'the Procession of gods' found at Yazilikaya, and is noteworthy for each character being identical.
 

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Oss at sea
OSSË [from a base GOS-, GOTH- Terror - due to his fierce anger]

Ossë was a Maia of the sea, subject to the Vala Ulmo. The name is said to be adapted from a Valarin word Ososai 'foaming'. He could be friend or foe to any mariner. He first comes to our attention following the Awakening of the Elves and their invitation from the Valar to remove from Middle-earth to the Undying Lands in the West. The Quendi gathered on an island off the coast of Beleriand, which Ossë broke free and towed to the shores of Aman and Valinor where he re-fastened it.
Here he is shown in this author's interpretation extending a protective hand for a Swan Ship sailing out to the Great Sea; following are lesser Maiar controlling the currents and winds.

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Assyrian chariot with hornOROMË [ORO- 'rise' + ROM- 'horn (blast)'] prey
The closest translation may be Chanticleer, as the
cock rises to announce the dawn. Oromë was a
Vala and also a great hunter. Here this author has
used an Assyrian charioteer with a horn imposed,
chasing his prey: a stag. Oromë seems to some-
what mirror the ancient god Apollo, not only for
his association with the rising Sun, but because he
taught the Elves a bit about the unseen world. It was Oromë who discovered the newly Awakened Elves, and who extended the invitation of the Valar for the Quendi to remove to Aman.

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Melian dancing in Nan Elmoth
 MELIAN [from MEL- 'love'; Gift of Love]

 
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