But surely, like I suggested, this is the same as the creation of the Ents and the Giant Eagles...This does not require true 'creation' on the part of Melkor, simply the introduction of a discordant theme that is later made into reality, or the 'World that Is', when Eru made the song of the Ainur into Ea.
The way I interpret things, is that the Ainur sang the great music, and then Eru made Ea a reality from that music. The Valar had many followers among the Maiar, both lesser and greater, as did Melkor.O Kementari, Eru hath spoken saying: "Do then any of the Valar suppose that I did not hear all the Song, even the least sound of the least voice? Behold! When the Children awake, then the thought of Yavanna will awake also, and it will summon spirits from afar, and they will go among the Kelvar and the Olvar, and some will dwell therein, and be held in reverence, and their just anger shall be feared. For a time: while the Firstborn are in their power, and while the Secondborn are young." But dost thou not now remember, Kelmentari, that thy thought sang not always alone? Did not thy thought and mine meet also, so that we took wing together like great birds that soar above the clouds? That also shall come to be by the heed of Iluvatar, and before the Children awake there shall go forth with wings like the wind the Eagles of the Lords of the West."
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