Irmo (Quenya Tengwar: `B6t^; IPA: [ˈirmo]) was the true name of the Vala who was usually named Lórien, which was rightly the place of his dwelling. He is the husband of Estë and the brother of Námo (Mandos) and Nienna.
Lórien and Mandos were the Fëanturi, masters of spirits. Lórien the younger was the master of visions and dreams. His gardens in the land of the Valar at Lórien, where he dwelt with Estë the gentle, healer of hurts and weariness, was the fairest place in the world and was filled with many Maiar. All those who dwelt in Valinor found rest and refreshment at the fountain of Irmo and Estë.
When the Sun and Moon were originally set in their paths "Varda purposed that the two vessels should journey in Ilmen and ever be aloft". It was largely due to the prayers of Lórien and Estë, "who said that sleep and rest had been banished from the Earth", that Varda changed her council and allowed a time of night.
Manwë was grieved when the Valar had to hide Valinor from the rest of the world. Because of this, and that the coming of Men was very near, he asked Lórien to create a path where the spirits of Elves and Men can come to the Gardens of Lorien. So Lorien went about creating the Path of Dreams, known to the Elves as the Olórë Mallë. The Path was a spiritual road to Valinor, only accessible through the mind. It was through this path that the Elves and the Men loyal to the Valar travelled in their sleep. The final destination was the Gardens of Lórien.
Lórien blocked the Olórë Mallë from the Noldor when they left Valinor and Manwë decreed that they can never return to Valinor.
Lórien does not work in the open, his power is unseen and his influence is subtle even to the Wise. He is not sought in scenes of strife or woe where conflict takes place. He sent hope to the Children of Iluvatar when the darkness of Morgoth covered Middle earth. He is sought in inspiration, in desire, in hope, and in the dreams and hearts of those that oppose evil.
He is associated with hope, inspiration, love, desire, dreams, sleep, and visions
The name Irmo was a Quenya word that meant Desirer or Master of Desire. He was also given the title Master of Dreams.
|Ainur of Arda|
|Ainulindalë (Music of the Ainur)|
|Lords of the Valar:||Manwë | Aulë | Oromë | Irmo (Lórien) | Námo (Mandos) | Tulkas | Ulmo|
|Queens of the Valar (The Valier):|| |
Varda | Yavanna | Vána | Estë | Vairë | Nessa | Nienna
|Lord of the Valar (The Enemy):|| |
Morgoth (a.k.a. Melkor)
Eönwë | Ilmarë | Ossë | Uinen | Salmar | Melian | Arien | Tilion | Curumo (Saruman) | Olórin (Gandalf) | Aiwendil (Radagast) | Alatar (Morinehtar) | Pallando (Rómestámo)
|Maiar (Enemies):||Sauron | Gothmog | Durin's Bane | Ungoliant | Curumo (Saruman)|