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Vana
Vána the Ever-young

Vána

Biographical information

Other names
The Ever-young [1]
Titles
Date of birth
Before the creation of Arda
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon
Power of the Valar

Physical description

Race
Culture
Gender
Female
Height
Hair color
Golden
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

Vána (Quenya; IPA: [ˈvaːna] - "Beautiful One") is an Ainu and a Vala who was responsible for the preserving of the youth made for all life in Arda.

BiographyEdit

Vána was the younger sister of Yavanna and wife of Oromë. She dwelt in gardens filled with golden flowers and often came to the forests of Oromë. Melian served under Vána, tending to the flowers, before she departed for Middle-earth.[2]

In The History of Middle-earth, Tolkien wrote that even when the spells of Yavanna failed to heal the wounds of the Two Trees, Vána's love for the Golden tree Laurelin was so great that it caused the tree's remaining power to blossom in the form of a fruit of gold from which the Valar fashioned the Sun.

EtymologyEdit

The name Vána may have been derived from the Quenya word vanima ("beautiful"), as she is often described as "fair".[3]

CharacterEdit

According to The Silmarillion, "All flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming."[4] She robed herself in flowers and has the beauty of both heaven and earth.[5]

Maiar of VánaEdit

Earlier versions of the legendariumEdit

Vána and her husband Oromë were once envisioned to have had a daughter named Nielíqui.[6]

In another material, Vána was the younger sister of Varda and Yavanna.[5]

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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Valar"
  2. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Maiar"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  4. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Valar"
  5. 5.0 5.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The First Phase, "Of the Valar"
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, III: "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", Notes and Commentary

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