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Ossë was a Ainu spirit of the sea in the service of Ulmo. He never entered into the deeps of the seas as did his master but was instead fond of wildness and unpredictability of tides along the coastlines of the lands. Uinen was his wife, and he was a friend of Círdan the Shipwright. Ossë was a friend of the Teleri and Sindar of Middle-earth, and was valued as high as the Valar by them. During the shaping of Arda, Ossë was swayed into entering the service of Melkor who offered him the powers of Ulmo and played on his wild and sometimes violent desires. Thus, the seas suffered from wanton storms which came unto the lands bringing great ruin to them. He was persuaded to stop by Uinen under Aulë's bidding, but his taste for violence never really disappeared. The other Valar still loved him but did not completely trust him.
Ossë also obstructed the work by Ulmo and Uin the great whale by dragging back the island of Tol Eressëa westward which Uin (or with Ulmo and possibly other animals as well) carried to Aman. During the process, the portion of the original island fallen off settled and later became the Isle of Balar.
When Fëanor and his people perpetrated the Kinslaying at Alqualondë, Ossë, who loved the Teleri deeply, was devastated, but was forbidden by the Valar from intervening in the battle. However, after the Ñoldor had completed the massacre and stolen the ships of the Teleri, he conjured terrible storms to waylay the Ñoldor, causing the sinking many of the ships. Ossë was responsible for the raising of the island that would be called Númenor. When Ossë grew restless in the Second Age, the mariners of Númenor would call for help from Uinen to quiet his storms.
- In older versions of The Silmarillion, Ossë was a Vala in his own right, and often opposed the will of Ulmo.
Translations around the WorldEdit
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||邁雅歐希|
|Kurdish||ۆسسه (Arabic script) Osse (Latinised)|
|Serbian||Оссе (Cyrillic) Osse (Latinised)|
|Uzbek||Оссе (Cyrillic) Osse (Latinised)|
|Manwë (Súlimo) • Ulmo (Ulubôz) • Aulë (Návatar) • Oromë (Aldaron) • Námo (Mandos) • Irmo (Lórien) • Tulkas (Astaldo)|
|Varda (Elentári) • Yavanna (Kementári) • Nienna • Estë • Vairë • Vána • Nessa|
|Eönwë • Ilmarë • Ossë • Uinen • Salmar • Melian • Arien • Tilion • Curumo (Saruman) • Olórin (Gandalf) • Aiwendil (Radagast) • Alatar (Morinehtar) • Pallando (Rómestámo)|
|Sauron (Mairon) • Gothmog • Durin's Bane • Ungoliant • Shelob • Curumo (Saruman)|