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Oromë by Steamey
Oromë by Steamey


Biographical information

Other names
Aldaron, Araw, Arômêz, Béma, The Great Rider, Tauron
The Huntsman of the Valar, Lord of Forests
Date of birth
Before the creation of Arda
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Powers of the Valar, Bow, Spear[1]

Physical description

Hair color
Eye color

Oromë (Quenya; IPA: [ˈorome] - "Horn-Blower" or "Sound of Horns"), also known as Aldaron (Quenya; IPA: "Horn-Blower"), Araw (Sindarin; IPA: "Horn-Blower") or Arômêz, is an Ainu, one of the Aratar and a Vala who was responsible for the hunt. He is the brother of Nessa and the husband of Vána.[2]


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Oromë in Middle-earth

During the Years of the Trees, after most of the Valar had withdrawn completely from Middle-earth and hidden themselves in Aman, Oromë still hunted in the forests of Middle-earth on occasion. Thus, he was responsible for finding the elves when they awoke at Cuivienen, and the first to name them the Eldar.[3], following this he remained close in friendship with the Eldar.

Being a powerful huntsman, he was active in the struggles against Morgoth. He had a great horn called the Valaróma and a great steed named Nahar.[2] Huan, a Hound from Valinor, once belonged to him and was later given to Celegorm, one of the Sons of Fëanor.[4]


Oromë means "Horn-blowing" and "Sound of Horns"[5] and is derived from the Valarin name Arōmēz.[6]

Araw is the Sindarin translation of Oromë.[6] The Sindar additionally referred to him as Tauron, which means "Lord of the Forests" and "The Forester."[5] It is possible that the name comes from the Sindarin taur ("forest") or the Quenyan taure ("great wood").[7]

Other namesEdit

In the Old English translation of Eriol, Oromë is called Wadfrea ("The Huntinglord"), Huntena frea ("Lord of Hunters"), and Wealdafrea ("Lord of Forests").[8] Among the Rohirrim and other Northmen, he was also sometimes called Béma (Old English, originally Béaming; translating Tauron "forest-lord")[9].


Oromë is described to be a mighty lord and a great huntsman, as he would often train his folk and beasts in pursue of evil creatures. He loved the lands of Middle-earth that he was initially unwilling to leave it. He contrasts the Vala Tulkas in demeanor; whereas Tulkas laughs in sports, Oromë is said to be dreadful in anger.[2]

Maiar of OromëEdit

  • Alatar and Pallando, the last two of the five wizards, were Maiar sent by Oromë to Middle-earth. What became of them is not known, although apparently they journeyed into the east with Saruman, but did not return.

Earlier versions of the legendariumEdit

Oromë and his wife Vána were once envisioned to have had a daughter named Nielíqui.[10]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 歐羅米


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter I: "Of the Beginning of Days"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Valar"
  3. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  6. 6.0 6.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, Part Four: Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D: Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  8. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 4: The Shaping of Middle-earth, III: "The Quenta", Appendix 1: Translation of Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English
  10. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, III: "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", Notes and Commentary

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