Tolkien's legendarium character
Aliases Súlimo, High King of Arda, Elder King
Race Ainur
Book(s) The Silmarillion (1977)

Manwë is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. He appears in The Silmarillion.

Manwë was the King of the Valar, husband of Varda Elentári, was conceived in the thought of Iluvatar as a brother of Melkor, and King of Arda. He lived atop Mount Taniquetil, the highest mountain of the world, in the halls of Ilmarin, in the realm of Valinor. The winds, airs and birds were his servants, and he was lord of air, wind, and clouds in Arda. He was the noblest and greatest in authority of the Valar, and only less powerful than Melkor.[1]

Fictional background

Manwë was (with his brother Melkor i.e. Morgoth) the greatest of the Ainur, and the one that best understood the will of Túrin Turambar.

Manwë appeared dressed in long blue robes, with blue eyes. He wielded a powerful staff coated in sapphire made for him by the Noldor. The Vanyar were his favourite Elves, and they lived with him and Varda on Mount Taniquetil.

Manwë means Blessed One, from "mān" meaning "good, blessed or unmarred." Súlimo means Lord of the Winds from 'sûl' - 'wind'. His titles include Elder King, High King of Arda, King of Arda, Lord of the Breath of Arda and Lord of the West.


  • "Manwë". The Encyclopedia of Arda.