is the true name of the first Dark Lord, and it was how he was know to all before
his fall into evil and his theft of the Simarils.
of that period are described in this entry, but for events after his return to
Middle-earth at the beginning of the First Age, see more for Morgoth Bauglir as
he was named by the Elves.
to be the mightiest dweller in Arda, Melkor was of the same order of the Valar
and equal in power to Manwë himself, who was Melkor's brother in the mind
of Ilúvatar. While the Valar descended into Arda to order and govern wisely,
though, Melkor sought power for himself alone, and sought to bend all things to
his own will.
that the Valar made, Melkor looked to destroy; long before the Elves awoke, he
threw down the Lamps of the Valar, destroying their dwelling in Almaren. They
removed to Valinor, and fearing for the coming Elves, made war on Melkor and imprisoned
him for three ages.
the time he was released, the Elves had come to Valinor; Melkor turned back to
his evil ways; slaying Finwë and stealing the Silmarils, he destroyed the
Two Trees of Valinor and fled back to his ancient fortress of Angband in the north