The Theology of Sauron
by Björn Axén
Sauron created a religion of Melkor in Middle Earth during the second age and The Black Speech really ought to have a liturgical function and it should reflect the theology of Sauron. So one of my goals in creating Zhâburi is to find out how Sauron viewed the Creation of Arda and Melkor’s place in it and so on. When I worked on the adaption of words from Valarin I had to make some choices and when writing an explanation for the wordlist some of it things fell into place.
Some of the names of Valar have Valarin forms and these are used for the Zhâburi form. The other names are just adapted from the Elvish names with the exeption of Melkor and Eru. Note that Zhâburi does not distinguish between higher Ainur such as Valar and Maiar nor Aratar – the higher Valar but instead all are included in ‘azhan’. If one wants to use these categories the Quenya words are used in the plural form (Zhâburi does not distinguish between singular and plural): Valar, Aratar; Maiar (not *Mazhar). This is to mark out that these categories are part of another cosmological and philosophical paradigm.
The word Quenya word ‘vala’ comes from the primitive elvish root BAL (Vala = Balan/Belain in Sindarin). In Quenya there is the word Máhan, a synonym for Aratar, adopted from Valarin ‘mâchanâz’ which becomes mâghan in Zhâburi but designate any high authority (most often of the Shadow) and not the Valar per se. Melkor is called Mâghanashi (the one authority) in Zhâburi B. In Zhâburi (A) Eru is called Ashi (The One) but this is really just a translation from Quenya Eru with all its cosmological baggage. In Zhâburi (B) Eru is reduced by the name Manashi from a subject to an object with no agency; to a proto-substance with the potential of form. Thus the language indicates that Arda was formed by the Ainur (Azhani) led by Melkor (Mâghanashi) the supreme Ainu.
Here is a sketch of the creation myth according to Sauron
In the beginning there was Azgi (Nothingness, the Void) and then came Ashi (the One, Eru). A movement started within Ashi and Azhani (Ainur) came these Wills separated from Ashi and there were Azhani and Manashi (proto-substance). Azhani was manyfold and of different might and all had different goals and they started to form Manashi according to each own will. The mightiest of them, Mâghanashi (Melkor), rised above all other Azhan to bring order so that they may form Manashi according to one will and order. Many of Azhani flocked to Mâghanashi but more went against him and chief among these was Mânav (Manwë) who was almost equal in might with Mâghanashi.
Here is the word list of Azhani
|Aghûl||Aulë||From Valarin A3ûlêz|
|Arûn||Melkor, Morgoth||An Adûnaic name for Morgoth, perhaps coined by Sauron when he introduced the worship of the dark god to the Númenóreans, translated as “Lord” (Sauron Defeated: 376)|
|Arôm||Oromë||From Valarin Arômêz|
|Azhan||Ainu, Ainur||From Valarin ayanûz “ainu”|
|Mâghanashi||Melkor, Morgoth||The One Authority|
|mâghan, mâghn-||authority||From Valarin ‘mâchanâz’ “authority”. Maghni “the authority in general”; The form ‘Maghani’ is used for the high authority of the shadow like Sauron or Nazgûl or other.|
|Manashi||Eru||The unique proto-form and substance “see ‘man’ under the Words from Valarin and ‘ashi’ individulizer|
|Mânav||Manwë||From Valarin Mânawenûz|
|Mâron||Mairon (Sauron)||Phonetical adaption|
|Tuluk||Tulkas||From Valarin Tulukastâz|
|Ulub||Ulmo||From Valarin Ulubôz|