Category: valar

The spouse of Aulë is Yavanna, the Giver of Fruits. She is the lover of all things that grow in the earth, and all their countless forms she holds in her mind, from the trees like towers in forests long ago to the moss upon stones or the small and secret things in the mould. In reverence Yavanna is next to Varda among the Queens of the Valar. In the form of a woman she is tall, and robed in green; but at times she takes other shapes. Some there are who have seen her standing like a tree under heaven, crowned with the Sun; and from all its branches there spilled a golden dew upon the barren earth, and it grew green with corn; but the roots of the tree were in the waters of Ulmo, and the winds of Manwë spoke in its leaves. Kementári, Queen of the Earth, she is surnamed in the Eldarin tongue.

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The Helcaraxë, also referred to as the Grinding Ice, was a large glacier connecting Aman and Middle Earth during the First Age. It is described as a frozen wasteland and a bridge between the two worlds. It was first noted as the escape route of Melkor and Ungoliant after they defiled the Two Trees and were being hunted by the Valar. It was later part of the mass exodus of Noldor from Valinor into Middle Earth. Fëanor had rallied his people to war against Morgoth for the Silmarils, and turned his back on the Valar. He led his host to the shores of Aman, seizing the boats from the Teleri in the First Kinslaying with aid from the host of Fingolfin. With these boats he lead his own host across the sea to Middle Earth, but when they landed in Beleriand, they burned the ships – stranding Fingolfin’s people in Aman. Fëanor believed them to be useless, and still

harbored

hatred for Fingolfin from an earlier feud. Fingolfin refused to return to the Valar in shame after having followed Feanor, and in a curse to Fëanor’s name, and lead his people north to cross the Helcaraxë, to meet him in Middle Earth. Among the people that crossed were Galadriel and Finrod. Among those who died were Elenwë, wife of Turgon, and many others. The Helcaraxë was destroyed during the War of Wrath, along with most of Beleriand. A modern world comparison would be the Beringia land bridge formed millions of years ago, where humans from Asia migrated into North America.

“The Noldor came at last far into the north of Arda; and they saw the first teeth of the ice that floated in the sea, and knew that they were drawing nigh to the 

Helcaraxë, For between the land of Aman that in the north curved eastward, and the east-shores of Endor (Which is Middle-earth) that bore westward, there was a narrow strait, through which the chill waters of the Encircling Sea and the waves of Belegaer flowed together, and there were vast fogs and mists of deathly cold, and the sea-streams were filled with clashing hills of ice and the grinding of ice deep-sunken. Such was the Helcaraxë, and there none yet had dared to tread save the Valar only and Ungoliant.” – The Helcaraxë description, Of the Flight of the Noldor, The Silmarillion.

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Valacirca, Quenya for “Sickle Of The Valar”, was a constellation of stars. Known as the Wain or Plough to the hobbits, and the Great Bear to Men. The stars came from Varda, Queen of the Valar. She created the stars from the dew of Telperion the White Tree, Elder of the Two Trees of Valinor. The world was lit so that Middle Earth could share the light of Valinor. This was before the coming of the First-Born (Elves), and Melkor had just escaped and created his armies of evil in Middle Earth; building Angbad, his great armory. In an effort to combat his growing influence over Middle-Earth and support the coming Elves the stars were wrought. Symbols among the stars included Menelmacar, “The Swordsmen Of The Sky” in Quenya, who prophesied the Last Battle, Though it is considered to be Túrin Turamabar. The Valacirca was created as a sign of doom to Melkor, seven stars set to swing and end Melkor. In the modern world Menelmacar is Orion and Valacirca is the Big Dipper.

“And in answer he sang a song of challenge that he had made in praise of the Seven Stars, the Sickle of the Valar that Varda hung above the North as a sign for the fall of Morgoth. Then all the strength left him and he fell down into darkness. – Beren answering the song of Lúthien Tinúviel during the battle at the Isle of Sauron. Part of the epic Lay of Lethian. The Silmarillion, Of Beren and Lúthien.  

The Helcaraxë, also referred to as the Grinding Ice, was a large glacier connecting Aman and Middle Earth during the First Age. It is described as a frozen wasteland and a bridge between the two worlds. It was first noted as the escape route of Melkor and Ungoliant after they defiled the Two Trees and were being hunted by the Valar. It was later part of the mass exodus of Noldor from Valinor into Middle Earth. Fëanor had rallied his people to war against Morgoth for the Silmarils, and turned his back on the Valar. He led his host to the shores of Aman, seizing the boats from the Teleri in the First Kinslaying with aid from the host of Fingolfin. With these boats he lead his own host across the sea to Middle Earth, but when they landed in Beleriand, they burned the ships -stranding Fingolfin’s people in Aman. Fëanor believed them to be useless, and still

harbored

hatred for Fingolfin from an earlier feud. Fingolfin refused to return to the Valar in shame after having followed Feanor, and in a curse to Fëanor’s name, and lead his people north to cross the Helcaraxë, to meet him in Middle Earth. Among the people that crossed were Galadriel and Finrod. Among those who died were Elenwë, wife of Turgon, and many others.The Helcaraxë was destroyed during the War of Wrath, along with most of Beleriand. A modern world comparison would be the Beringia land bridge formed millions of years ago, where humans from Asia migrated into North America.

“The Noldor came at last far into the north of Arda; and they saw the first teeth of the ice that floated in the sea, and knew that they were drawing nigh to the 

Helcaraxë, For between the land of Aman that in the north curved eastward, and the east-shores of Endor (Which is Middle-earth) that bore westward, there was a narrow strait, through which the chill waters of the Encircling Sea and the waves of Belegaer flowed together, and there were vast fogs and mists of deathly cold, and the sea-streams were filled with clashing hills of ice and the grinding of ice deep-sunken. Such was the Helcaraxë, and there none yet had dared to tread save the Valar only and Ungoliant.” – The Helcaraxë description, Of the Flight of the Noldor, The Silmarillion.

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Ungoliant, Sindarin for “Dark spider” was an evil spirit of the First Age. Described as a monstrous spider who consumed light and left a web of darkness. She lived in Avathar, a shadowy mountain range in the South, her origin is unknown. She was unheeded by the Valar and Melkor, for she was a powerful yet unknown force. However Melkor knew of her lust for light, and sought her out in his true form, a tall, dark, and powerful lord. he promised Ungoliant that she will have a great feast of light from the Two Trees of Valinor. Telperion and Laurelin, the two trees that lit the world, and anything he stole. Ungoliant was hesitant to assault the home of the Valar, but the reward was far too great; She agreed. Melkor wanted her aid to steal the Silmarils and hinder the Valar. Ungoliant wove a great darkness about Melkor and herself, and they passed through the world unseen. They were wrapped in Unlight, which no vision could pierce. They began their infiltration into Valinor by climbing the mighty mountain of Hyarmentir. From this mountaintop Ungoliant wove a giant ladder of web and descended into The Blessed Realm during a time of festival. There under the cover of the Unlight, Ungoliant drank the sap of the Two Trees and drained the Well of Varda, and Melkor robbed them of many gems, including the Silmarils. They escaped through the darkness, and the chase of the Valar had no chance. When they had passed into Angabad, Ungoliant demanded the gems Melkor had stolen, citing the reward promised. he surrended all the gems in his left hand, but did not give her the Silmarils he held in his right hand. Ungoliant was still hungry and demanded them, Melkor refused, and they fought. Ungoliant had grown strong and wicked from consuming the light and wrapped Melkor in great webs strangling him. Melkor let out a mighty cry for help, which became known as the Lammoth. The Great Echo shook the world, and all of his minions heard. Balrogs emerged and fought off Ungoliant with their whips of flame. Ungoliant was defeated and returned to the darkness, her fate remains unknown. Though it is said that she consumed herself in her eternal hunger. She is the ancestor of all great spiders including Shelob and the Spiders of Mirkwood.

“Melkor said to her: ‘Do as I bid; and if thou hunger still when all is done, then I will give thee whatsoever thy lust demand. Yea, with both hands.’ Lightly he made this vow, as he ever did; and he laughed in his heart. Thus did the great thief set his lure for the lesser.’ – Melkor making his deal with Ungoliant for the theft of the Silmarils, The Silmarillion, Of The Darkening of Valinor.

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The First Kinslaying, or also referred to as the Kinslaying at

Alqualondë, was the slaughter of Teleri elves on the orders of Fëanor during his exodus from Valinor. Fëanor was robbed of his silmarils by the dark lord Melkor, and felt betrayed by the Valar, again at the doing of Melkor. He gathered his Noldor kin and declared the Oath of Fëanor, They must retrieve the silmarils regardless of their foe. This lead to a mass exodus of the Noldor, who wished to depart Valinor for Middle Earth in order to fight Melkor and win back the jewels. They went to the Teleri, who were adept sailors and held many ships, and requested their help to reach Middle Earth. The Teleri refused citing the will of the Valar, whom did not want the elves to leave. The Noldor took the ships by force, for the Oath meant that nobody could stand in their way. The battle erupted as the Teleri attempted to repel the aggressive Noldor. However the Noldor were victorious following the arrival of Fingon, The perpetrators of the Kinslaying were cursed by Mandos of the Valar, who declared that the immortal elves would meet their doom. This would come true in the numerous wars fought in Middle Earth for the Silmarils.

“Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass.” Mandos, Quenta Silmarillion, Of the Flight of the Noldor.

tolkienmatters:

Ungoliant, Sindarin for “Dark spider” was an evil spirit of the First Age. Described as a monstrous spider who consumed light and left a web of darkness. She lived in Avathar, a shadowy mountain range in the South, her origin is unknown. She was unheeded by the Valar and Melkor, for she was a powerful yet unknown force. However Melkor knew of her lust for light, and sought her out in his true form, a tall, dark, and powerful lord. he promised Ungoliant that she will have a great feast of light from the Two Trees of Valinor. Telperion and Laurelin, the two trees that lit the world, and anything he stole. Ungoliant was hesitant to assault the home of the Valar, but the reward was far too great; She agreed. Melkor wanted her aid to steal the Silmarils and hinder the Valar. Ungoliant wove a great darkness about Melkor and herself, and they passed through the world unseen. They were wrapped in Unlight, which no vision could pierce. They began their infiltration into Valinor by climbing the mighty mountain of Hyarmentir. From this mountaintop Ungoliant wove a giant ladder of web and descended into The Blessed Realm during a time of festival. There under the cover of the Unlight, Ungoliant drank the sap of the Two Trees and drained the Well of Varda, and Melkor robbed them of many gems, including the Silmarils. They escaped through the darkness, and the chase of the Valar had no chance. When they had passed into Angabad, Ungoliant demanded the gems Melkor had stolen, citing the reward promised. he surrended all the gems in his left hand, but did not give her the Silmarils he held in his right hand. Ungoliant was still hungry and demanded them, Melkor refused, and they fought. Ungoliant had grown strong and wicked from consuming the light and wrapped Melkor in great webs strangling him. Melkor let out a mighty cry for help, which became known as the Lammoth. The Great Echo shook the world, and all of his minions heard. Balrogs emerged and fought off Ungoliant with their whips of flame. Ungoliant was defeated and returned to the darkness, her fate remains unknown. Though it is said that she consumed herself in her eternal hunger. She is the ancestor of all great spiders including Shelob and the Spiders of Mirkwood.

“Melkor said to her: ‘Do as I bid; and if thou hunger still when all is done, then I will give thee whatsoever thy lust demand. Yea, with both hands.’ Lightly he made this vow, as he ever did; and he laughed in his heart. Thus did the great thief set his lure for the lesser.’ – Melkor making his deal with Ungoliant for the theft of the Silmarils, The Silmarillion, Of The Darkening of Valinor.

tolkienmatters:

Valacirca, Quenya for “Sickle Of The Valar”, was a constellation of stars. Known as the Wain or Plough to the hobbits, and the Great Bear to Men. The stars came from Varda, Queen of the Valar. She created the stars from the dew of Telperion the White Tree, Elder of the Two Trees of Valinor. The world was lit so that Middle Earth could share the light of Valinor. This was before the coming of the First-Born (Elves), and Melkor had just escaped and created his armies of evil in Middle Earth; building Angbad, his great armory. In an effort to combat his growing influence over Middle-Earth and support the coming Elves the stars were wrought. Symbols among the stars included Menelmacar, “The Swordsmen Of The Sky” in Quenya, who prophesied the Last Battle, Though it is considered to be Túrin Turamabar. The Valacirca was created as a sign of doom to Melkor, seven stars set to swing and end Melkor. In the modern world Menelmacar is Orion and Valacirca is the Big Dipper.

“And in answer he sang a song of challenge that he had made in praise of the Seven Stars, the Sickle of the Valar that Varda hung above the North as a sign for the fall of Morgoth. Then all the strength left him and he fell down into darkness. – Beren answering the song of Lúthien Tinúviel during the battle at the Isle of Sauron. Part of the epic Lay of Lethian. The Silmarillion, Of Beren and Lúthien.  

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Nienna, she is acquainted with grief, and mourns for every wound that Arda has suffered in the marring of Melkor. And those who hearken to her learn pity, and endurance in hope.
Nessa, lithe and fleetfooted. Deer she loves, and they follow her train whenever she goes in the wild; but she can outrun them, swift as an arrow with the wind in her hair. In dancing she delights, and she dances in Valimar on lawns of never-fading green.
Vairë, who weaves all things that have ever been in Time into her storied webs, and the halls of Mandos that ever widen as the ages pass are clothed with them.

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