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Námo
Vala
Biographical Information
Other namesMandos, Bannoth, Badhron, The Judge, The Just
Family
SiblingsIrmo and Nienna
SpouseVairë
Physical Description
GenderMale

Námo (Q: "Judge" or "Ordainer"; pron. [ˈnaːmo]) was called the Doomsman of the Valar and keeper of the slain in his Halls in the west of Valinor. Vairë the Weaver is his wife. The Sindarin equivalent of Námo is Badhron ([ˈbaðron]). Námo was more commonly known as Mandos (Q: "Prison-fortress"; [ˈmandos]), which is more correctly the name of his dwelling. The Sindarin name for Mandos is Bannoth ([ˈbanːoθ]).

Námo was the brother of the Vala Irmo (also called Lórien). Together, Námo and Irmo are called the Fëanturi (Q: "Masters of Spirits"). Their sister is Nienna.

Námo is said to be the grimmest of the Valar. However, this in no way implies that Námo is dark or evil. His grimness is wholly part of his nature, coming (one must assume) from that part of the mind of Ilúvatar from which he was created. Neither is Námo willful or malevolent in declaring the fates of Arda. Only at the bidding of Manwë will Námo ever pronounce his dooms. Námo and Manwë have always been allied since their entering into , and together they understand most clearly the Vision of Ilúvatar more than any of the other Valar. Together they know nearly all of what is to come within the realm of Arda, though not all. Only Ilúvatar knows with full certainty what the full doom of Arda will be, and he will not reveal it all, even to Námo or Manwë.


Ainur
Valar
Lords:  Manwë · Ulmo · Aulë · Oromë · Mandos · Irmo · Tulkas
Queens:  Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa
Former:  Melkor
Associated Maiar
Manwë Eönwë · Olórin Varda Ilmarë · Olórin · Arien
Ulmo Ossë · Uinen · Salmar Yavanna Aiwendil
Aulë Mairon · Curumo Estë Melian
Oromë Tilion · Alatar · Pallando Vána
Other Maiar
Balrogs Gothmog · Durin's Bane · Lungorthin
Wizards Saruman · Gandalf · Radagast · Blue Wizards (Rómestámo · Morinehtar)
Topics
Music · Valarin · Almaren · Valinor · Valmar · Second Music

References