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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.


Maia guardian of the Moon. Tilion was once a Maia spirit of Oromë the Huntsman. However, after Telperion, the last flower of the silver vessel Tree of the Valar, was placed in a silver vessel to become the Moon, he has laboured each night to carry the silver vessel and flower through the heavens. Tilion was a lover of silver, and used a silver bow. In the days of the trees in Valinor, Tilion had been a hunter from the company of Oromë, but in his free time often came to Lorien, to the pools of Estë. Because he rested often there, under the light of Telperion, he came to love it and begged to be given the care of its last flower. He was said to be less mighty than Arien, the Maia chosen to guide the Sun. 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 Manwë | Aulë | Oromë | Irmo (Lórien) | Námo (Mandos) | Tulkas | Ulmo
Queens of the Valar (The Valier): 
Varda | Yavanna | Vána | Estë | Vairë | Nessa | Nienna
Lord of the Valar (The Enemy): 
Morgoth (a.k.a. Melkor)
Eönwë | Ilmarë | Ossë | Uinen | Salmar | Melian | Arien | Tilion | Curumo (Saruman) | Olórin (Gandalf) | Aiwendil (Radagast) | Alatar (Morinehtar) | Pallando (Rómestámo)
Maiar (Enemies):  Sauron | Gothmog | Durin's Bane | Ungoliant | Curumo (Saruman)


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

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