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Vána, the Ever-young

Vána

Biographical information

Other names
the Ever-young,[1] the Fair[2]
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[2]
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. She was considered a rank of six among the Queens of the Valar. She was known as Vána the Ever-Young.

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 her husband. In the Days of the Two Trees of Valinor, Arien, before she came to carry the Vessel of the Sun had served Vána, tending to the golden flowers of the gardens of Vána by watering them with the bright dews from Laurelin. Melian was another Maia who initially served Vána before she departed and lived in Middle-earth.[3]

After the Darkening of Valinor and the flight of the Noldor to Middle-Earth, most of the Valar were glad to have their ancient peace back, wishing neither the rumors of Melkor and his violence nor the murmur of the restless Noldor to come upon them again. Thus for such reasons, they clamored for the concealment of their land Aman. It was said that Vána was one among them.[4]

EtymologyEdit

The name Vána may have been derived from the Quenya word vanima ("beautiful"), as she is often described as "fair".[5]

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."[6] Vána robed herself in flowers and she had the beauty of both heaven and earth upon her face and in all her works.[7]

In The History of Middle-earth, Tolkien wrote that even when the spells of Vána's sister Yavanna failed to heal the wounds of the Two Trees, Vána's love for the great 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 later fashioned in the making of the Sun.

Maiar of VánaEdit

Other versions of the legendariumEdit

Vána and her husband Oromë were once envisioned to have had a daughter named Nielíqui.[8]

In another material, Vána was the younger sister of Varda and Yavanna.[7]

GalleryEdit

Vana by losse elda-d7uzbn4
By losse-elda
Vana the ever young by steamey-d8bxbyn
Vana by Steamey-d8bxbyn
Vana the Ever-young
Vána the Ever-young by Emberrose Art

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Valar"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 1: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, IX: "The Hiding of Valinor"
  3. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Maiar"
  4. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 2: The Book of Lost Tales 2, "The Fall of Gondolin"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  6. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Valar"
  7. 7.0 7.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, The First Phase, "Of the Valar"
  8. 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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