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Fictional race from J. R. R. Tolkien's universe, Middle-earth.

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The Maiar are those spirits which descended to Arda to help the Valar to shape the World. Singular is Maia.

Each of the Maiar was associated with a particular Vala. For example, Ossė, as a spirit of the sea, belonged to Ulmo, while Curumo, who came to be known in Middle-earth as Saruman, belonged to Aulė the Smith. Others included Sauron (originally also of Aulė's people), and Olórin, known as Gandalf, who belonged to Manwė and Varda.

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