The Ainulindalë (Q.: "Ainu-song–"), also called the Music of the Ainur, the Great Music, the Music, and the Song, were the divine chords sung by the Ainur.  It was the development of the three themes of Ilúvatar and thus an expression of the divine order.

The first theme, created by Ilúvatar but developed by the Ainur, presented the form of Ea.  This theme was marred by the discord of Melkor.

The second theme, probably indicating the shaping of Arda, defeated Melkor's discord and incorporated it into itself.

The third theme, in which the Ainur did not participate, dealt with the creation of the Children of Ilúvatar and their history up to the Dominion of Men.


  • Foster, Robert. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth.
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