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Maja, genus Maja, Maia, genus Maia(noun)
type genus of the Majidae; nearly cosmopolitan in distribution
Daughter of Atlas and mother of Hermes.
The goddess of growth after whom the month May ( Latin maius ) was named.
of recent usage.
a genus of spider crabs, including the common European species (Maia squinado)
a beautiful American bombycid moth (Eucronia maia)
Origin: [From L. Maia, a goddess.]
The Maiar are beings from J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy legendarium. They are lesser Ainur who entered Eä in the beginning of time. Tolkien uses the term Valar to refer both to all the Ainur who entered Eä, and specifically to the greatest among them, the fourteen Lords and Queens of the Valar. So the Maiar are at the same time lesser Valar and the helpers of the Valar. "Valar" without qualification generally refers to the great Valar. The name Maiar is in the Quenya tongue and comes from the Elvish root maya- "excellent, admirable". Maiar refers in Quenya to all the Ainur who entered Eä, the "Creation", and more often to the lesser power among them: "Maia is the name of the Kin of the Valar, but especially of those of lesser power than the 9 great rulers" wrote Tolkien. In the Valaquenta it is told that many Maiar associated themselves with a Vala; for example, Ossë and Uinen, who ruled the Seas, acted under Ulmo, while Curumo, who came to be known in Middle-earth as Saruman, was with Aulë the Smith. Sauron also was with Aulë before being corrupted by Melkor. Being of divine origin and possessing great power, the Maiar can wander the world unseen or shape themselves in fashion of Elves or other creatures; these "veils", called fanar in Quenya, could be destroyed, but their true-being could not.
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the daughter of Atlas, the eldest of the seven Pleiades (q. v.), and the mother by Zeus of Hermes or Mercury.
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