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'''Arien''' was the maiden whom the [[Valar]] chose from among the [[Maia]]r to guide the vessel of the [[Sun]]. In the days of the trees in [[Valinor]], Arien had been the one to tend the tree of [[Laurelin]]. It is said that she was mightier than [[Tilion]], the [[Maia]] chosen to guide the [[Moon]], because she was a spirit of fire, and able to withstand the heats of [[Laurelin]].
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[[Image:Daniel Govar - Arien.jpg|thumb|[[Arien]] by [[Daniel Govar]]]]
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'''Arien''' was the maiden whom the [[Valar]] chose from among the [[Maiar]] to guide the vessel of the [[Sun]]. In the days of the trees in [[Valinor]], Arien had been the one to tend the tree of [[Laurelin]]. It is said that she was mightier than [[Tilion]], the [[Maia]] chosen to guide the [[Moon]], because she was a spirit of fire, and able to withstand the heats of Laurelin.
  
:"Too bright were the eyes of Arien for even the [[Eldar]] to look on, and leaving [[Valinor]] she forsook the form and raiment which like the [[Valar]] she had worn there, and she was as a naked flame, terrible in the fullness of her splendor."
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:"Too bright were the eyes of Arien for even the [[Eldar]] to look on, and leaving Valinor she forsook the form and raiment which like the Valar she had worn there, and she was as a naked flame, terrible in the fullness of her splendor."
  
In writings by [[Tolkien]] which did not form a part of the published [[The Silmarillion]], [[Tilion]] is said to have been in love with Arien, and because he sought her out the [[Moon]] was scarred.
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In writings by [[Tolkien]] which did not form a part of the published [[The Silmarillion]], Tilion is said to have been in love with Arien, and because he sought her out the Moon was scarred.
  
In other writings, [[Morgoth]] wanted to claim Arien as a wife, and ravished her, upon which she abandoned her body and 'died', leaving the Sun to travel through the skies uncontrollably and burning parts of [[Arda]] the world. As well, it is stated in other abandoned writings that she was a [[Maia]] of [[Varda]]. It is not clear if it was [[Tolkien]]'s intent to keep these elements in [[The Silmarillion]] tradition, had he lived long enough to publish it.
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In other writings, [[Morgoth]] wanted to claim Arien as a wife, and ravished her, upon which she abandoned her body and 'died', leaving the Sun to travel through the skies uncontrollably and burning parts of [[Arda]] the world. As well, it is stated in other abandoned writings that she was a Maia of [[Varda]]. It is not clear if it was Tolkien's intent to keep these elements in The Silmarillion tradition, had he lived long enough to publish it.
  
 
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Revision as of 15:50, 24 April 2006

Arien by Daniel Govar

Arien was the maiden whom the Valar chose from among the Maiar to guide the vessel of the Sun. In the days of the trees in Valinor, Arien had been the one to tend the tree of Laurelin. It is said that she was mightier than Tilion, the Maia chosen to guide the Moon, because she was a spirit of fire, and able to withstand the heats of Laurelin.

"Too bright were the eyes of Arien for even the Eldar to look on, and leaving Valinor she forsook the form and raiment which like the Valar she had worn there, and she was as a naked flame, terrible in the fullness of her splendor."

In writings by Tolkien which did not form a part of the published The Silmarillion, Tilion is said to have been in love with Arien, and because he sought her out the Moon was scarred.

In other writings, Morgoth wanted to claim Arien as a wife, and ravished her, upon which she abandoned her body and 'died', leaving the Sun to travel through the skies uncontrollably and burning parts of Arda the world. As well, it is stated in other abandoned writings that she was a Maia of Varda. It is not clear if it was Tolkien's intent to keep these elements in The Silmarillion tradition, had he lived long enough to publish it.