As Illuvatar's symphony was finished, a vision of their creation appeared before the Ainur. Some of them became attached to this world that is (Eä) and entered into it as Valar and Maia (greater and lesser powers of the world). Melkor proclaimed this world, Arda, to be his territory and lured some of the Maia to join him, especially spirits of fire, who later became Balrogs.
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