LOTR Confessions: The scene “Concerning Hobbits” where Bilbo is describing the hobbit way of life, and the happy, jaunty, score that goes with it, gives me such a feeling of warmth and welcome, as if I’ve just come home. It never fails to make me smile.
The Ainur were the primordial spirits, who existed with Ilúvatar, and with him created the world through The Ainulindalë, The Music of the Ainur. After the creation of Arda, many of the Ainur descended into it to guide and order its growth; of these there were fifteen more powerful than the rest. Fourteen of these great Ainur became the Valar, or Powers of Arda. The fifteenth, Melkor, turned aside from that path and became the first Lord of the Dark Powers.,,