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Nessa, by Farothiel

Nessa

Biographical information

Other names
The Dancer
Titles
Queen of the Valar
Date of birth
Before the creation of Arda
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon
Powers of the Valar

Physical description

Race
Culture
Valar (Valier)
Gender
Female
Height
Hair color
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

Nessa (Quenya; IPA: [ˈnessa] - "Young") was an Ainu, and she was ranked the least of the Queens of the Valar and of all the Valar of Valinor; all the others were Maiar.[1]

BiographyEdit

Nessa was the sister of the Oromë. Nessa was lithe and swift of foot that is why she was called "Nessa the Swift". Nessa loved fast moving creatures such as deers and they followed her train wherever she went even into the wild regions of Aman. She could outrun the deers swift as an arrow with the wind in her hair. Nessa married Tulkas, who was a great valiant warrior among the Valar, during the Spring of Arda.[1]

Before the destruction of the Isle of Almaren, Nessa, who delighted in dancing would often dance, danced on its great green grasses and later in Valimar on never-fading green lawns.[1] Henceforth, as the Valar had finished with their labours in the creation of Arda, Manwë ordained a great feast on Almaren which was the first dwelling of the Valar. Therefore, the Valar were gathered upon Almaren fearing no evil; and also, because of the light of the great Lamp Illuin, they did not perceive the shadow in the far north that was cast afar by Melkor for he had grown dark as the Night of the Void. Among other things, it was sung at that moment in time of the feast known as the "Spring of Arda" that Nessa married the Vala Tulkas there and then she danced before the Valar.[2]

The dwelling of Nessa and Tulkas was said to be a house full of mirth and revelry. For in the court of the Tulkas, his warriors played and rivaled one another there in doughty feats. At times, Nessa would bear goblets of the goodliest wine as well as cooling drinks among the warriors of her spouse Tulkas in order to revive themselves.[3]

After the flight of the Noldor to Middle-earth, like most of the Valar, Nessa also desired ease and peace just like the ancient days of Valinor. Wishing not for the rumour of Melkor nor for the murmurs of the Noldor to come ever again among them and disturb their happiness. As a result, for such reasons most of the Valar clamoured for the concealment of their land. Hence, the "Hiding of Valinor" took place.[4]

CharacterEdit

Nessa loved most to retire at the fair lawns of Valinor which her brother Oromë had cultivated from the richness of all his forest glades. For it was told that Yavanna when creating the forests of Oromë, had planted there these forest glades with spells so that these glades would always remain green and smooth. There in the fair lawns of Valinor Nessa along with her maidens would dance as long as the great Tree Laurelin of Valinor was in bloom. It was told that Nessa herself was a greater dancer than the Valie Vána.[3]

EtymologyEdit

Nessa comes from the Quenya neth ("young").[5]

Other namesEdit

Two earlier names for Nessa were Helinyetille, the "Eyes of Heartsease", from helin ("violet, pansy"), and Melesta, from mele ("to love").[6]

Other versions in the legendariumEdit

In the earlier texts, Nessa and Estë were considered "highest among the Maiar". Lea the Young was the wife of Tulkas, and was later changed to Nessa.

She was once envisioned as the daughter of Vána.[7]

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ኘስሳ
Armenian Նեսսա
Bashkir Несса
Belarusian Несса
Bengali ণেস্সা
Bulgarian Несса
Corsican Nesce
Dari نهسسا
Georgian ნესა
Greek Νέσσα
Gujarati ણેસ્સ
Hebrew ןיססא ?
Japanese ネッサ
Kazakh Несса
Korean 넷사
Kurdish نه‌سسا
Kyrgyz Нэсса
Lao ນເຊຊະ ?
Macedonian Неса
Marathi णेस्स
Mongolian Несса
Nepali णेस्स
Pashto نېسسا
Persian نهسسا ?
Russian Нэсса
Sanskrit णेस्स
Serbian Неса (Cyrillic) Nessa (Latinised)
Siamese (Thai) เนสซา
Sinhala ණෙස්ස
Tajik Несса
Tamil ணெஷ​
Telugu ణెస్స
Tibetan ནེཥ
Tigrinya ኘስሳ
Urdu ںےسسا
Ukrainian Несса
Uyghur نەسسا
Uzbek Несса (Cyrillic) Nessa (Latinised)
Yiddish נעססאַ
Arabic نيسسا 

GalleryEdit

Nessa by Farothiel
Nessa, by Farothiel
Nessa by Wolfanita
Nessa, by Wolfanita
Nessa by Saphari
Nessa, by Saphari
Dance at the lake
Dance at the lake
Nessa is playing with deers by Estelinakina
Nessa is playing with deers, by Estelinakina
Nessa and the deers
Nessa and the deers
Nessa by Starqueen
Nessa, by Starqueen

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Valar"
  2. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Beginning of Days"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol.1: The Book of Lost Tales 1, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol.2: The Book of Lost Tales 2, "The Fall of Gondolin"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 4: The Shaping of Middle-earth, III: "The Quenta"

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