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Tulkas Astaldo


Biographical information

Other names
Tulukastāz, Astaldo, Tulcus, The Valiant
Champion of the Valar
Date of birth
Before the creation of Arda
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Powers of the Valar, his hands

Physical description

Hair color
Eye color

Tulkas (Quenya; IPA: [ˈtulkas] - "Strong" or "Stadfast") is an Ainu, a Vala who was responsible for paticipating in war and the last of them to descend into Arda, coming to the aid of the others when he heard of their war with Melkor. He was also called Tulukastāz or Astaldo.


Having heard of his fellow Valar's struggle against Melkor, Tulkas descended upon Arda, thus tipping the scales of battle against Melkor. Melkor fled before him, and the Spring of Arda was begun. After the Two Lamps were erected and the Valar had made their first dwelling at Almaren, Tulkas wedded Nessa in a great feast. Being weary and content he slept, and Melkor decided his hour to retaliate had come.

Personality and AppearanceEdit

Tulkas is described as delighting in wrestling and contests of strength. He wields no weapon, and rides no steed. As he cares little about either past or future, he was not a good councillor, but nonetheless a very hardy friend. He is described as being slow to wrath, but also slow to forgive; for that reason, he was one of the Valar that opposed the release of Melkor.

In appearance, Tulkas was described in The Silmarillion to have ruddy flesh and golden hair and beard.

Tulkas also tends to be impatient; before the Awakening of the Elves he urged the other Valar to wage war against Melkor. After the Darkening of Valinor he also hurried Fëanor to take a decision about surrendering the Silmarils.[1][2]


Tulkas is the Quenya word for "strong, steadfast", and was also called Astaldo "the valiant".[3]

Earliest versionEdit

Turenbor was Tolkien's earliest name for this Vala; that and the succeeding three names ending with Tulkas are what Tolkien used in the Book of Lost Tales, part 1.

Gallery Edit

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, Valaquenta, "Of the Valar"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I

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