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Tilion in the heavens


Biographical information

Other names
Possibly the Man in the Moon ?
Date of birth
Before the creation of Arda
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Powers of the Ainur, silver, and bow

Physical description

Hair color
Eye color
Silver ?

Tilion (Quenya; IPA: [ˈtili.on] - "Horned")[1] is a Maia and the guardian of the Moon.


Tilion was originally a Maia of Oromë the Huntsman, but often came to Lorien, to the pools of Estë during his free time. While in Valinor he took a form similar to that of the Valar, but when he left he was a "naked flash of light, shining in the fullness of his splendour." He was said to be less mighty than Arien, the guardian of the Sun. However, when the Two Trees of Valinor were destroyed, Tillion took the last surviving flower of Telperion, the silver Tree of the Valar, in a vessel forged by Aulë and carried it away in the Heavens. As Tilion is the guardian of the Moon, he was a lover of silver, and used a silver bow. Tilion was reckless at times, and did not always follow the correct path, causing the Moon to be at times in the sky at the same time as the Sun, not appear at all, or even block out the light of Arien.

In writings by Tolkien alluded to in the published Silmarillion, Tilion is said to have been in love with Arien, and because he sought her out he came too close to the immense heat of the Sun, and the Moon was scarred. It is possibly that he was the subject of the songs and tales told in Gondor and The Shire see: The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late.[2]

Ainur of Arda
Lords of the Valar (of Valinor):  Manwë (Súlimo) | Ulmo (Ulubôz) | Aulë (Návatar) | Oromë (Aldaron) | Námo (Mandos) | Irmo (Lórien) | Tulkas (Astaldo)
Queens of the Valar (of Valinor): 
Varda (Elentári) | Yavanna (Kementári) | Nienna | Estë | Vairë | Vána | Nessa
Maiar (of Valinor): 
Eönwë | Ilmarë | Ossë | Uinen | Salmar | Melian | Arien | Tilion | Curumo (Saruman) | Olórin (Gandalf) | Aiwendil (Radagast) | Alatar (Morinehtar) | Pallando (Rómestámo)
Lords of the Valar (The Enemy): 
Morgoth (Melkor)
Maiar (The Enemy):  Sauron (Mairon) | Gothmog | Durin's Bane | Ungoliant | Shelob | Curumo (Saruman)


  1. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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