Ossë (Quenya or Ñoldor; IPA: [ˈosse]; from the Valarin Ošošai, Oššai) was a Maia associated with Ulmo.


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.[2]

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[3]. 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.[4]


Ossë is a Quenya word. His name in Sindarin was Gaerys.[1]

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

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
Amharic ዖስሰ
Arabic أوسسي
Armenian Ոսսե
Belarusian Оссё
Bengali ওস্সে
Bulgarian Осе
Chinese (Hong Kong) 邁雅歐希
Dari وسسه
Georgian ოსსე
Greek Οσσε
Gujarati ઑસ્સે
Hebrew וססי ?
Hindi ॐस्से
Japanese オッセ
Kazakh Оссе
Kurdish ۆسسه‌ (Arabic script) Osse (Latinised)
Kyrgyz Оссэ
Lao ອຊຊເ
Macedonian Оссе
Mongolian Оссё
Nepali ॐस्से
Pashto وسسې ?
Persian وسسه ?
Russian Оссэ
Sanskrit ॐस्से
Serbian Оссе (Cyrillic) Osse (Latinised)
Sinhala ඕස්සෙ
Tamil ஓஷெ
Tajik Оссе
Telugu ఓస్సె
Tigrinya ዖሸ
Ukrainian Оссе
Urdu وسسے
Uyghur وسسە
Uzbek Оссе (Cyrillic) Osse (Latinised)
Yiddish אָססע


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  2. The Silmarillion, Ainulindalë (The Music of the Ainur)
  3. Drout.C.D.M.. 2006. J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. p.73. Retrieved on December 07 2014
  4. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)


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