Morgoth: The Origins of Melkor | Tolkien Explained (2023)


In this first of two parts, we look at Morgoth's origins as Melkor, the mightiest Vala created by Ilúvatar, who rebels in the creation of the world and goes on to wreak havoc upon the Valar, the world, and its elf, man, and dwarf inhabitants. Today, we cover everything from his discord during the Music of the Ainur to his destruction of the Two Trees with the giant spider Ungoliant. His actions during this time, destroying the works of the Valar and manipulating the elves will set the stage for an Age of wars to come!

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Fingolfin Challenges Morgoth at the Gate of Angband - Pete Amachree
The Death of Finwe - Iosselen
The Bargain with Ungoliant - Diana Franco
Eru Iluvatar and the Timeless Halls - Enano Akd
Feanor and the Silmarils - Bella Bergolts
Gandalf and the Balrog - Gonzalo Kenny
Trees of Valinor - Helen Kei
Ungoliant and Melkor - Helge C Balzer
The Ring of Doom - Jacek Kopalski
The Captivity of Morgoth - Jacek Kopalski
The Coming of Fingolfin - Jenny Dolfen
The Vanyar Leave for War - Jenny Dolfen
The Killing of the Trees - John Howe
Ungoliant and Morgoth - Jon Torres
Ungoliant and Melkor - Jose L Serrano
Ungoliant - Karl Levy
Dark Vala - Kimberly80
Morgoth Ensnared - Kip Rasmussen
Unlight - Lady Elleth
Leaving Tirion - Filat
Melkor Teaches the Noldor the Manufacture of Arms - Ivana Lekseich
Orome Hunts the Creatures of Morgoth - Kip Rasmussen
Osse and the Teleri - Steamey
Melkor Weaves Opposing Music - Ted Nasmith
Ulmo - John Howe
Ungoliant - Valerhon
Utumno - Silinde Ar Feiniel
Yavanna - Gustavo Malek
Ormal - Andrey Maximov
Angband - Alex13
Illuin: Lamp of the Valar - Ted Nasmith
Valinor - Aronja Art
Formenos - Vunasti Mamut
Melkor - Anastasiya Cemetery
Angband Unleashed - Spartank42
By The Gates of Angband - CK Goksoy
The Throne of Morgoth - Daniel Pilla
Feanor with Silmaril - Steamey
Feanor Threatens Fingolfin - Jenny Dolfen
Fingolfin and Morgoth - Julie Dillon
Fingolfin and Morgoth - Francisco Ramirez
Ungoliant and the Two Trees - Giuliano G Alves
And Morgoth Came - Jenny Dolfen
Feanor's Last Stand - Jenny Dolfen
The Darkness of Valinor - Jenny Dolfen
The Oath of Feanor - Jenny Dolfen
Eru Iluvatar - Jerrel Salvatierra
Morgoth and Fingolfin - Joel Kilpatrick
Fingolfin's Challenge - John Howe
Balrogs Defending Morgoth From Ungoliant - Jovan Delic
Morgoth - Kenneth Sofia
Melkor - Mehmet Yilmazturk
Melkor - Fox in Shadow
Melkor Chained - Roger Garland
Ungoliant vs Melkor - Ruben de Vela
Spirit of Fire - CK Goksoy
Tulkas - Steamey
Morgoth and Fingolfin - Stevan Mitic
Morgoth and the High King of the Noldor - Ted Nasmith
The High King and the Dark Lord - Rinthcog
Melkor - Thomas Rouillard
The Music of the Gods - Kip Rasmussen
As Walking with Stars - Annamare
Melkor Reaching Arda - Sarka Skorpikova
Morgoth and Ungoliant - Alvaro Fernandez Gonzalez
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Ainulindale - Anna Kulisz
Ainulindale Harmony - Anna Kulisz
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Aule - Janka Lateckova
The Awakening of the Elves - Ted Nasmith
Feanor - dakkun39
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Melkor - the original Dark Lord of Middle-earth.

After sewing discord in the creation of the world, he goes on to wreak havoc upon its inhabitants.

Today, on Nerd of the Rings.

We begin our look at the entire life of Tolkien’s most evil and most powerful Dark Lord.


It comes to Morgoth.

There is simply too much to cover in one of my normal videos.

So this week we will cover his origins and early battles and conclude next week with his later, wars and downfall.

In, the beginning, Eru Iluvatar.

The God of Tolkien’s world, creates the Ainur (that is the Valar.

And the Maiar).

Melkor is among the valar, and the mightiest of them all.

In, his impatience to fill the void with created life.

He searches throughout the void for the Flame Imperishable - the mysterious power of Eru that allows him to create and give life.

Melkor is unable to locate the Flame Imperishable - also known as the Secret Fire - as it is not located in the void, but with Eru himself., As, Melkor wanders through the Void.

He comes to have ideas different than those of the other Ainur.

He grows, rebellious against Eru and wants to create life.


Without, the Flame Imperishable, however.

He is unable to create life, but can merely corrupt and twist it - as we will see later.


It comes time for the creation of the universe.

The Ainur make a great music.


This time, Melkor weaves, his own thoughts into his song, which clashes with the Theme of Iluvatar.

This causes some of the Ainur around him to change their music to his.

For, a time, the Theme of Iluvatar and the Discord of Melkor battle.

One another., Eru smiles and sends forth a second theme.

Most of the Ainur join this new theme, but Melkor opposes it even more violently with his discord.

Finally, shocked at what they are witnessing.

Many of the Ainur stop singing and Melkor’s discord gains the upper hand.

Eru begins a third Theme, sweeter and more beautiful than the previous two.

This theme cannot be beaten by Melkor.


He opposes the music of Eru.

Finally, Eru stops the music completely with a single cord of his own.


He raised up both his hands, and in one chord, deeper than the Abyss, higher than the Firmament, piercing as the light of the eye of Ilúvatar.

Melkor is shamed and angered by this rebuke, but hides his feelings.


The Ainur see the work of their song, Melkor is among those who beg Eru to allow them to enter Arda.

Melkor pretends to have a desire to guide the world and it’s inhabitants for Iluvatar’s glory, but secretly.

He desires to dominate Arda and its creatures - especially the forthcoming Children of Iluvatar - that is, the elves and men.

Along with the other Valar, Melkor enters Ea - the created universe - and makes his way to Arda - the world.


They arrive, Melkor drops his facade, declaring to the other Valar that he is now Master of Arda.

Manwe, who is Melkor’s brother, fears that Melkor will attempt to disrupt their labors in Arda and calls forth more Ainur to protect them.

Melkor leaves - making his way to the remote regions of Ea.


The Valar work to form Arda, (VY, 1), Melkor seeks to destroy or taint anything.

They create.

He demolishes, their mountains, raises their valleys, and spills.

Their seas.

Aule’s works are among the most affected by Melkor’s deeds.

After uncounted battles and years pass, news reaches the Ainur who remained with Eru.

Hearing of the War, Tulkas - the most war-like of all the valar - comes to Arda in the Valian year, 1499.

Melkor flees before the laughter and anger of Tulkas, escaping beyond the Walls of Night.

From that moment on.

He will forever possess a hatred of Tulkas.

Now to give you some context for how time is measured during this age of the earth.

Valian years, equal just over 9.5 of our years.

So from the Valar, arriving in Arda in Valian Year 1, to Melkor fleeing in Valian Year 1499 - well over 14,000 years, pass.

As, the remaining Valar work to restore Arda as best.

They can, Melkor dwells in the outer darkness., The Valar, complete Arda and raise up two lamps, which give the world light.

They dwell in a land called Almaren.

Unfortunately, Melkor’s power, earned him a following among some of the Maiar, which at this time likely includes Sauron.

Some act as his spies, and eventually.

He meets with them as the Valar hold a feast after completing their work.

It is at this feast that Tulkas marries Nessa., As, Nessa dances before the valar, Tulkas into a peaceful sleep.

Melkor, looking down in hatred, decided his time to strike has come.

Melkor and his followers come over the Walls of Night, returning to Arda.

He delves deep into the earth, creating the fortress of Utumno in the Iron Mountains of the north.

Evil flows from the fortress.

Death and illness strike at the vegetation of Arda, animals fight and kill one another.

And the Valar finally realize - Melkor has returned.

The Valar begin to search for Melkor’s, hiding place.

But the future Dark Lord strikes first.

He comes to Almaren, and destroys the city.

And the Two Lamps., “But, Melkor..., assailed, the lights of Illuin and Ormal, and cast down their pillars and broke their lamps.


The overthrow of the mighty pillars lands were broken and seas arose in tumult;.

And when the lamps were spilled, destroying flame was poured out over the Earth.

And, the shape of Arda and the symmetry of its waters.

And its lands was marred in that time.

So that the first designs of the Valar were never after restored.” As.

The world is filled with fire and water and chaos, Melkor escapes, returning to his fortress.

The, Spring of Arda.

What should have been a joyous occasion, ends in disaster, as the Valar must use all their power to hold the world, together.

With, their home destroyed, the Valar travel across the see and come to a new land - Aman.


They build the city of Valinor and create new sources of light - the Two Trees.

This ushers in a new era for Arda - the Years of the Trees (these are measured in the same manner as Valian Years - every year is 9.5 of our own - once we make our way into the first, second and third ages, the years of middle-earth are equal to our own).


The Valar now across the sea, Melkor is relatively free to roam Middle-earth.

Though, some among the valar appear in Middle-earth to thwart him as they are able.

One is Ulmo, who will come into play quite a lot during the First Age.

Yavanna is also mentioned as taking action in Middle-earth, and Orome.

The huntsman, would ride throughout Middle-earth, delighting in hunting down and killing the monsters of Melkor.


The Valar might move against him, Melkor dwells in his fortress, building his strength and breeding monsters.

He also gathers the Maiar who are loyal to him.

These, servants, cloaking themselves in shadow and flame, come to be known as Balrogs.


This time, he also constructs the fortress of Angband, where he places his greatest servant - Sauron.

In YT 1050.

The first elves awake at Cuivienen.


The hunter Orome would come across them, Melkor would find them first., He racks, the elves with fear - killing or capturing many in his time.

Through, the tortue of his captives and other foul works.

It is believed Melkor creates the race of Orcs.


The valar discover the elves, Manwe concludes.

It is the will of Eru to reclaim the lands of Middle-earth from Melkor.

The Valar come to Middle-earth in the Year of the Trees 1090 to do battle with Melkor.

This, massive War of the Gods begins with the army of the West confronting Melkor’s forces in the north-west of Middle-earth - the entire region is ruined by the battle.

The Valar are victorious in this first battle as the servants of Melkor retreat to Utumno.


The next two years, the Valar place guards in the land around the bay of Cuivienen - protecting the elves who had first awakened there., The Valar lay siege to Melkor’s fortress.

From where they stand, far away from the conflict.

The elves can only see fires in the north, and feel a mighty shaking of the earth.

Finally, in YT 1099, seven Valian years, (66.5 of our own years) after their arrival in Middle-earth, the Valar break the gates and roof of Utumno.

Melkor hides in the deepest pits of his fortress, but Tulkas arrives and binds him in the chain, Angainor, which Aule the smith had forged.

While Utumno is destroyed in this final act.

The Valar don’t discover all the deepest darkest places within.

Sauron and many of his balrogs manage to escape capture.


The aftermath of this long war, Middle-earth is changed.


Mountain ranges are raised up.

The Great Sea becomes larger, and new lands and waterways.

Take shape.

“the Valar, drew Melkor back to Valinor, bound hand and foot, and blindfold;.

And he was brought to the Ring of Doom.


He lay upon his face before the feet of Manwë and sued for pardon;, but his prayer was denied.

And he was cast into prison in the fastness of Mandos, whence.

None can escape, neither Vala, nor Elf, nor mortal Man.

Vast and strong are those halls.

And they were built in the west of the land of Aman.

There was Melkor doomed to abide for three ages, long, before his cause should be tried anew, or he should plead again for pardon.” So, Melkor is imprisoned within the Halls of Mandos, for three ages, roughly 2,850 years - all the while he plots his revenge.


This time passes, many of the elves would come to dwell in Aman - this is a large topic in itself.

So we will cover it in a future.



The three ages pass, Melkor is once again, brought before his brother.

Melkor bows, down, prostrating himself.

Once again before Manwe, begging for pardon.

Manwe, releases him from his captivity, much to the displeasure of Tulkas and Ulmo.

The Valar decree that he will not return to Middle-earth, instead, staying in Aman where they can keep an eye on him.

Melkor begins working to corrupt the elves, for whom he holds a grudge - as it was for their safety that the Valar came to Middle-earth to overthrow him., As, Melkor, assesses, the elves, he realizes the Vanyar - the elves that would forever dwell in Aman - do not trust him., The, Teleri (, who you may remember as being known for their ship building), Melkor, deems, too weak to be effective in his plans.

In, the Noldor, however.

He finds a curious people who are eager to learn from the Valar - even himself.


The YT 1169, one among the Noldor is born who would be Melkor’s most bitter enemy, but also his greatest tool for his evil, purposes.

Feanor, the creator of the Palantiri and most importantly, the Silmarils, great gems, which shone with the light of the Two Trees.

Melkor begins to spread rumors throughout the Noldor.

He tells of Middle-earth and it’s wide lands - realms.

They would be free to rule were it, not for the Valar, keeping them in Aman.

This distrust of the Valar and desire to rule takes hold in the hearts of many of the Noldor, especially Feanor.

Melkor sews, even more discord within the house of Finwe between Feanor and his younger half-brother, Fingolfin., Manipulating, Feanor’s pride and quick temper, Melkor, convinces Feanor that Fingolfin plans to usurp his place as their father Finwe’s heir and take the Silmarils in the process.

After Feanor threatens to kill Fingolfin in (YT) 1490, the Valar banish him to Formenos, where he takes the Silmarils as well.

In solidarity, Finwe also moves to Formenos to be with his son.

Realizing that Melkor was pulling the strings in this feud, Tulkas goes to imprison him, but finds him.


Two years of the trees, later, (YT, 1492), Melkor, reappears at Formenos, seeking to further influence Feanor.

This time, however, Morgoth goes too.


Fëanor's heart was still bitter at his humiliation before Mandos.

And he looked at Melkor in silence, pondering.

If indeed he might yet trust him so far as to aid him in his flight., And Melkor, seeing that Fëanor wavered, and knowing that the Silmarils held his heart in thrall, said, at the last: 'here is a strong place, and well guarded;.

But think not that the Silmarils will lie safe in any treasury within the realm of the Valar!' But, his cunning overreached.

His aim; his words, touched too deep, and awoke a fire more fierce than he designed; and Fëanor looked upon Melkor with eyes that burned through his fair, semblance and pierced, the cloaks of his mind, perceiving there, his fierce lust for the Silmarils.

Melkor flees once again, making his way south to the valley of Avathar.


He finds a mysterious dark spirit, which takes the form of a giant spider - Ungoliant.

Melkor promises, her rich reward for her assistance.

And she weaves a cloak of shadow around Melkor and herself to hide them in their travels., In YT, 1495, the Valar seek reconciliation with the Noldor - and between Feanor and Fingolfin.

They, all assemble in Valmar., Meanwhile, Melkor and Ungoliant make their way to the two trees.


Both Trees were shining, and the silent city of Valmar was filled with radiance of silver and gold.

And in that very hour, Melkor and Ungoliant came hastening over the fields of Valinor, as the shadow of a black cloud upon the wind fleets over the sunlit earth;.

And they came before the green mound Ezellohar.

Then, the Unlight of Ungoliant rose up even to the roots of the Trees, and Melkor sprang upon the mound; and with his black spear.

He smote each Tree to its core, wounded them deep, and their sap poured forth as it were their blood, and was spilled upon the ground.

But Ungoliant sucked.

It up, and going then from Tree to Tree.

She set her black beak to their wounds, till they were drained; and the poison of Death that was in her went into their tissues and withered them, root, branch, and leaf;.

And they died." The light of the trees extinguished.

The world is once again, plunged into darkness.

After Ungoliant drinks, the entirety of the Wells of Varda.

They go north to Formenos., There, Melkor kills Finwe and steals, the Silmarils and other gems of Feanor.

Ungoliant, who grows in size after consuming, the sap of the two trees, flees with Melkor across the Helcaraxe and into Middle-earth.


They arrive, Ungoliant in her insatiable hunger, demands Melkor, give her the treasure.

Melkor, who is now very weak from his deeds, fears.

The monstrous spider.

He gives her each of the gems of Feanor and she, in turn, consumes each one.

She then demands the Silmarils, but Melkor refuses.

Ungoliant uses her webs to trap the vala and nearly devours him, when he gives a great cry, which summons the balrogs from Angband.

With, their whips, they drive away Ungoliant and return.

Their master to what remains of his old fortress.

There, Melkor sets, the Silmarils in an Iron Crown, which from that moment, onward, he will never willingly remove.


Despite the fact that the crown is a great burden to him.

Back in Aman, Feanor returns to Formenos to find his father slain.

And the Silmarils gone.

Feanor, curses Melkor, and gives him a new name, which the elves and men will forever.

After know, him, by., A name, meaning, Black, Foe or Dark.

Tyrant., The, Vala Melkor is now known as the Dark Lord, Morgoth., As, Feanor claims, kingship of the Noldor and leads many to Middle-earth, Morgoth, in his fortress of Angband.

The the Silmarils upon his crown, declares himself, King of all the World.

For, the next 600 years, the elves and Morgoth would be at War.

Next Saturday.

We’ll conclude the story of Morgoth, including his centuries of war with the elves, downfall, and prophesied return.

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Morgoth: The Origins of Melkor | Tolkien Explained? ›

Morgoth, also known as Melkor, was the greatest of the Ainur. He fell from glory when he disrupted the Music of the Ainur and defied the will of Ilúvatar. Morgoth corrupted many of the Ainur to his service, fought the Valar, and marred Arda.

Who is Morgoth in the origins of Melkor? ›

Morgoth, also known as Melkor, was the greatest of the Ainur. He fell from glory when he disrupted the Music of the Ainur and defied the will of Ilúvatar. Morgoth corrupted many of the Ainur to his service, fought the Valar, and marred Arda.

What are the origins of Melkor? ›

Melkor was created by Eru Ilúvatar in the Timeless Halls at the beginning of creation; he was greater in power and knowledge than the other Ainur. His brother was Manwë.

What is Morgoth origin story? ›

Morgoth is one of the Ainur (also known as the Valar), the earliest beings to exist in Arda. Ilúvatar created the AinurOpens in new tab from his thoughts and then he created Arda with them by harmonizing in song. But Morgoth felt jealous of his creator and his creator's power from the beginning.

What is Melkor explained? ›

Melkor is the most powerful of the Valar but he turns to darkness and is renamed Morgoth, the primary antagonist of Arda. All evil in the world of Middle-earth ultimately stems from him. One of the Maiar of Aulë betrays his kind and becomes Morgoth's principal lieutenant and successor, Sauron.

What turned Morgoth evil? ›

Envy: He hates how he cannot make life and is jealous of Eru's ability to create life which is why he creates Discord and is the prime motivation of Morgoth.

Who put Morgoth to sleep? ›

Coming before the Dark Throne itself, Morgoth prepared to have both of them captured and killed, but Lúthien wove a spell and conducted a dance that put even Morgoth and his court into a deep sleep, and Beren cut a Silmaril from the Iron Crown.

Who kills Morgoth? ›

In Dagor Dagorath, the penultimate battle between good and evil in the legendarium, Turin is the one that will kill Morgoth.

How did Morgoth create Orcs? ›

In The Fall of Gondolin Morgoth made them of slime by sorcery, "bred from the heats and slimes of the earth". Or, they were "beasts of humanized shape", possibly, Tolkien wrote, Elves mated with beasts, and later Men.

Who was stronger Morgoth or Sauron? ›

Both Morgoth and Sauron managed to inflict significant damage upon the world and their enemies before their downfall, but Morgoth was undoubtedly the more powerful of the two.

Why was Morgoth not killed? ›

As they did when the elves were first born, the Valar came to Middle-earth and defeated their brother, but this time Morgoth was cast into a void outside of existence, where he remains thereafter.

Will Morgoth be in the Rings of Power? ›

Melkor, later known as Morgoth, is the overarching antagonist of the television series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. He is a fallen Vala that became the Dark Lord during the First Age and sought out to conquer all of Middle-earth, terrorizing and destroying many civilizations in the process.

How many Balrogs are there? ›

In the end Tolkien stated that there were probably "at most" seven Balrogs: In the margin my father wrote: 'There should not be supposed more than say 3 or at most 7 ever existed. '

What are the 4 sins of Melkor? ›

He was alone because of the other four “Sins”: rebellion, pride, possessiveness and impatience. As a result, his isolation made things worse — he was now thinking thoughts that were discordant with the thoughts of his fellow Ainur.

Why did Melkor destroy the two trees? ›

Jealous, Melkor enlisted the help of the giant spider-creature Ungoliant (the mother of Shelob) to destroy the Two Trees. Concealed in Unlight, Melkor struck each Tree with a spear and the insatiable Ungoliant devoured whatever life and light remained in them.

What was Sauron to Melkor? ›

Sauron was a servant of Melkor, later known as Morgoth, who is mentioned in 'Rings of Power', basically Lucifer of Middle-earth who brought terrible destruction upon the earth and waged the greatest war against elves.

What did Sauron do under Morgoth? ›

Sauron was Morgoth's servant during his war against the Elves in the First Age of Middle-earth. He ruled the fortress of Angband during Morgoth's reign, a location he later escaped during the War of the Powers—the first time Morgoth was seized by the Valar.

What did Sauron do with Morgoth? ›

Lieutenant of Morgoth

Sauron became Morgoth's capable servant, helping him in all the "deceits of his cunning". By the time Elves awoke in the world, Sauron had become Melkor's lieutenant and was given command over the new stronghold of Angband. The Valar made war on Melkor and captured him, but Sauron escaped.

Was Morgoth weaker than Sauron? ›

Morgoth Was Originally More Powerful Than Sauron

He made the Valar to help create and order the world, but the most powerful Valar, Melkor, turned out to be nothing but problems. Melkor decided that he wanted to be his own master and create of his own will.

Who wounded Morgoth 7 times? ›

Seven times Fingolfin wounded Morgoth and seven times Morgoth cried in pain, and seven times the host of Morgoth wailed in anguish, but he could not be slain for he was one of the Valar.

Who is the strongest servant of Morgoth? ›

Sauron was Morgoth's greatest servant, and the only one that survived the First Age.

Was Sauron loyal to Morgoth? ›

In the earlier ages of Middle Earth, Sauron served beneath Morgoth, who was the previous ruler of evil before him. And Sauron served him fiercely and loyally, carrying out his every command, battling for the Silmarils at his behest, and only fleeing from his side once Morgoth had been defeated.

Which elf killed Morgoth? ›

Fingolfin died there after a mighty duel, wounding Morgoth seven times with his sword Ringil, and struck one last punishing blow to Morgoth's foot before he broke the High King.

Who was Sauron's master? ›

It begins after Sauron's master, the evil lord Morgoth, is defeated. Sauron may have gone into hiding, but he's still alive: the series will eventually show Sauron's creation of the titular rings of power—including the one ring to rule them all.

Can Morgoth bring Sauron back? ›

Yes, and very much so. While Morgoth, at least initially, was much stronger than Sauron - Morgoth was a vala while Sauron was 'merely' a maia - Morgoth descended into a nihilistic madness as he couldn't manage things on his way. Morgoth wanted to destroy and annihilate the Arda and render it into primordial chaos.

Why did elves turn into Orcs? ›

The first Dark Lord Melkor took hostage some Elves from Cuiviénen. He tortured them, beat them, and broke their bodies into the first deformed and twisted beings known as Orcs. Tolkien confirmed that female Orcs did exist.

Why are there no female Orcs? ›

Yes, female orcs do exist in Middle-earth.

In a letter to one, Mrs Munby, JRR Tolkien wrote that female orcs do exist but that we've not seen them because they don't fight in Sauron's armies. “There must have been orc-women,” Tolkien wrote.

What happened to Orcs after Sauron died? ›

After Sauron's defeat, Aragorn and his army killed the remaining Orcs in Mordor. It can be assumed that any Orcs in the Lonely Mountain would have also escaped once they got to know about their master's downfall.

Is Tom Bombadil more powerful than Morgoth? ›

Fans also believe that Tom Bombadil is the most powerful being, and there are discussions surrounding his powers. While he can control the trees in his area and is considered near immortal, and has immunity to the effects of the One Ring, he still comes second to Morgoth.

Is anyone more powerful than Morgoth? ›

The most powerful of the Valar other than Morgoth were Manwë (meaning “blessed one”), who became their king, and his wife, Varda (“sublime one”) who became queen. Manwë's area of dominion is the air and the winds, and the Great Eagles are his servants and messengers. Varda is the lady of light, and she made the stars.

Does Galadriel fight Morgoth? ›

According to Tolkien's writing, Galadriel didn't fight in the War of Wrath because she didn't believe Morgoth could be defeated without the help of the Valar.

How did elves defeat Morgoth? ›

The Valar ultimately won the Great Battle. They beheaded and banished Morgoth through the Door of Night into the Timeless Void outside the world, ending the First Age.

Is Morgoth weak to anything? ›

The boss is relatively weak to Slash Attacks as well as Frostbite.

Who is more evil than Morgoth? ›

The answer is, by far, Melkor. Melkor, or Morgoth, wanted to currupt and destroy everything good created by the other Valar. Sauron on the other hand only wanted to control and rule Middle Earth. The rings were a way to control men, elves and dwarves, not to destroy them.

Are Morgoth and Sauron friends? ›

Morgoth. Morgoth was the first Dark Lord, and Sauron was his most loyal servant in the First Age. While the two were allies, their goals were different. Morgoth sought to destroy Middle-earth, which Sauron sought to control.

What happens to Sauron after Morgoth? ›

After the downfall of Morgoth, Sauron continually strove to conquer Middle-earth throughout the Second and Third Ages. In the Second Age, under the guise of Annatar, he deceived the Elves of Eregion, who under his guidance had created the Rings of Power, whilst he secretly forged the One Ring in Mount Doom.

Are dragons servants of Morgoth? ›

Alongside the Balrogs, Dragons were among Morgoth's greatest servants, but they were mostly wiped out during the epic battles of the First Age, including their greatest representatives, Ancalagon the Black and Glaurung.

Why was Gandalf afraid of the Balrog? ›

Gandalf was scared of this beast because he knew how powerful it was since it was a Maia like himself, but it was purely evil.

Could Smaug beat a Balrog? ›

So, one glimpse into Smaug's eyes and the Balrog falls under the spell. Even if it's just for a second—a moment of hesitation or distraction, it'd be enough. Smaug would snatch up Durin's Bane and gobble him up with his sword-sharp teeth (and we know swords can kill Balrogs).

Who woke the Balrog? ›

For more than five millennia, the Balrog hibernated in his deep hiding place at the roots of the mountains in Khazad-dûm. He remained undisturbed throughout the Second Age and most of the Third, before the mithril-miners of dwarf-King Durin VI awoke him in T.A. 1980.

Who is the wife of Melkor? ›

Only in the very earliest drafts of Tolkien's legendarium, the Book of Lost Tales written in 1916–20. At this stage, Melkor (called 'Melko' at this time) had a partner called Fluithin or Ulbandi, who is described as an 'ogress'.

Could Eru erase Melkor? ›

Of course he could. But as we understand him in Tolkien's universe he wouldn't. It is not his way to erase anyone. Instead, he takes their acts and makes them turn out the way he wants them to turn out.

What did Melkor do to the elves? ›

Due to this, Melkor discovered the Elves before the other Valar, captured many of them, and transformed them by torture and other foul craft into the first orcs.

Why was Melkor afraid of Ungoliant? ›

The Unlight produced by Ungoliant stymied the pursuit of Oromë and Tulkas, and Melkor escaped to Middle-earth with her. However, her consumption of power of the Trees and the Wells caused her to swell to a size and shape so vast and hideous that even Melkor began to grow afraid.

Did Ungoliant eat the Two Trees? ›

The Two Trees were apparently of enormous stature, and exuded dew that was a pure and magical light in liquid form. They were destroyed by the evil beings Ungoliant and Melkor, but their last flower and fruit were made into the Moon and the Sun.

Why did the Elves leave Valinor to fight Morgoth? ›

Yet when Morgoth, a big bad god, stole from the Elves and killed one of their leaders, several of them decided it was time to exile themselves from Valinor and wage war against him. After he was defeated, many Elves went back to the blessed lands, but some, including Galadriel, chose to stay.

What happened to Sauron after Melkor died? ›

At length, the Valar assaulted Melkor and took him in chains back to Valinor, but Sauron escaped, and remained in Middle-earth.

Who is stronger Galadriel vs Sauron? ›

In The Lord of the Rings, it is said that had Galadriel chosen to use her powers for evil instead of good, she would have been even more destructive and terrifying than Sauron himself. Galadriel was the greatest and most powerful of all Elves in Middle Earth in the Third Age.

Who was Sauron pretending to be? ›

In Tolkien's stories, Celebrimbor was an elven-smith who was manipulated into forging the Rings of Power by the Dark Lord Sauron, in fair disguise and named Annatar ("Lord of Gifts").

Who is Morgoth in relation to Sauron? ›

Sauron was a servant of Melkor, later known as Morgoth, who is mentioned in 'Rings of Power', basically Lucifer of Middle-earth who brought terrible destruction upon the earth and waged the greatest war against elves.

Did Melkor create Morgoth? ›

However, Morgoth and Melkor are two “stages” in the life of a single character, but they are so different that it could appear as if it were two different persons. It was Melkor who turned into Morgoth.

Is Morgoth more powerful than Sauron? ›

Both Morgoth and Sauron managed to inflict significant damage upon the world and their enemies before their downfall, but Morgoth was undoubtedly the more powerful of the two.

Who is the brother of Melkor? ›

Manwë Súlimo was the King of the Valar, husband of Varda Elentári, brother of the Dark Lord Melkor (Morgoth), and High King of Arda.

How many dragons did Morgoth create? ›

Tolkien named four dragons in his Middle-earth writings.

Did Morgoth turn Elves into Orcs? ›

Especially in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, orcs appear as a brutish, aggressive, ugly, and malevolent race of monsters, contrasting with the benevolent Elves. They are a corrupted race of elves, either bred that way by Morgoth, or turned savage in that manner, according to the Silmarillion.

Which elf beat Morgoth? ›

As such, he donned black armor, took up a great mace, and emerged from Angband. Fingolfin drew his sword, Ringil, and the duel began. Many times Morgoth attempted to smite Fingolfin, but the Elven King managed to dodge all of Morgoth's blows, and wounded the Dark Lord seven times.

Will Morgoth ever return? ›

No, that was physically impossible. Morgoth was thrust through the Doors of Night into the Void at the end of the First Age of Middle-earth and could not be seen by the denizens of Arda. Smaug the Golden, last of the great dragons of Middle-earth, was hatched sometime in the middle of the Third Age.

Is anyone stronger than Morgoth? ›

The most powerful of the Valar other than Morgoth were Manwë (meaning “blessed one”), who became their king, and his wife, Varda (“sublime one”) who became queen. Manwë's area of dominion is the air and the winds, and the Great Eagles are his servants and messengers.

Who was Melkor in love with? ›

At this stage, Melkor (called 'Melko' at this time) had a partner called Fluithin or Ulbandi, who is described as an 'ogress'. Their son was none other than Gothmog, Lord of Balrogs.

Did humans side with Morgoth? ›

The Easterlings, or "Swarthy Men", sided openly with Morgoth as of FA 472; nothing is told of the forming of their culture.

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