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Biographical information

Other names
Melyanna, Tóril
Date of birth
Before the creation of Arda
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Did not die being a Maia, returned to Valinor after the death of her husband Thingol
Realms ruled
Powers of the Ainur

Physical description

Hair color
Eye color

Melian (Sindarin IPA: [ˈmeljan]) was a Maia of the race of the Ainur, Queen of Doriath and mother of Lúthien Tinúviel.


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.

The Woods of Nan Elmoth by WilderWein77

Melian encounters Elwë the woods of Nan Elmoth, by WilderWein77.

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. The Girdle functioned to bewilder any who attempted to enter Doriath, and was so potent that even Ungoliant was unable to bypass it. She and her husband had a child, a daughter named Lúthien. 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.[1]


Melian [Sindarin, from Quenya: Melyanna; mel (love) + anna (gift)] means "dear gift." An earlier version of Melian's name was Gwenethlin.[2] The title name Tóril means "Queen."

House of ThingolEdit

Tolkien - House of Elwe (Thingol)

Dior Eluchil
Eluréd and Elurín

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 美麗安


  • In the Chinese translation, it translates as "美麗安", which the first two words, "美麗" means "beautiful" or "pretty" in Chinese.


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 2: The Book of Lost Tales Part Two

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