Before she came to Middle-earth, Melian served both Vána and Estë, and dwelt in Lórien tending the trees that grew in the Gardens of Irmo. Among all of her people none were wiser, more beautiful, or more skilled in singing enchanting songs than Melian. She loved the deep shadows of the great trees. When the light of the Two Trees would mingle Melian would sing and the Valar would stop their work and listen. Nightingales went with her wherever she went, and she taught them their song. Of all the Valar she was most akin to Yavanna. When the elves awoke on the shore of Cuiviénen she departed from Valinor and went to Middle-earth, where she filled its silence with her singing and the singing of her birds.
While in the forest of Nan Elmoth she met and fell in love with the Elven-king Elu Thingol, and later she ruled the kingdom of Doriath by his side. For thousands of years, she used her powers to guard and defend the city with a protection spell called the Girdle of Melian, but she predicted that one person would one day breach this defense. Melian's power was very great. The power of Melian was able to stay the entry of Ungoliant into Doriath. This act denotes to Melian a power very great. At this time Ungoliant had grown very great in power, so great that even Morgoth feared her. Indeed, Morgoth was only saved from Ungoliant by the whips of his Balrogs. The fact that Ungoliant's power was so great at the point she was stopped from entering Doriath is indicative of Melian's status as one of the greatest Maia. Especially since she did not directly confront Ungoliant, but stopped her only with the power of the Girdle. This places Melian as greater in power than Morgoth, the greatest of the Valar, although diminished in power. She and her husband had a child, a daughter named Lúthien, making her one of the two known Ainur said to have borne children, as Ungoliant is said to be a spirit (what else but a Maia) who had followed Melkor in rebellion, then turned to her own purposes. During her stay in Doriath she became a friend and mentor of Galadriel.
Melian's main line of descent is of the Half-elven, and through her daughter the Maian blood passed to both Elves and Men. When Beren arrived as foretold, she counseled Thingol against sending Beren for a Silmaril, a quest which would eventually lead to Doriath's ruin. A friend of Mankind, she also aided Húrin's family by hosting Túrin in Doriath and later helped Beleg Cúthalion in his search for Túrin by giving him Lembas. When Húrin came to Doriath old and carrying a great grief and misery on him, Melian helped him see through his ills. After Thingol's death she left Doriath, and went back to Valinor, musing upon her sorrows in the gardens of Lorien whence she came.
The first version of Melina's name was Gwenethlin, used sometimes in The Book of Lost Tales, part 2.
Line of the Half-elvenEdit
Finwë = Indis | Fingolfin = Anairë Galdor Thingol = Melian | | | | | (1) | Turgon = Elenwë Huor = Rían Beren = Lúthien | (2) | | Idril ======== Tuor Dior = Nimloth | | | ------------- | | | Eärendil ======== Elwing Eluréd and Elurín | ------------------------------ | | Elros Elrond = Celebrían | | Kings of Númenor : | Lords of Andunie : | Elendil | | ------------------- | | | Anarion Isildur . . | . . Kings of Gondor----Kings of Arnor | | | ---------------------- Chieftains of the Dúnedain | | | : (3) | | | Aragorn ========= Arwen Elladan and Elrohir | |--------------| Eldarion Unnamed Daughters
|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)|