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|Other names||Mandos, Bannoth, Badhron, The Judge, The Just|
|Siblings||Irmo and Nienna|
|Gallery||Images of Námo|
Námo was more commonly known as Mandos (Q: "Prison-fortress"; [ˈmandos]), which is more correctly the name of his dwelling.
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 Eä, 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.
In contrast to Thanatos though, Námo's role has been expanded. In greek mythology Thanatos is Death himself, but he neither judges the dead nor does he rule over them. Thus Námo also resembles Hades the greek god of the Underworld.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: Appendix 1: Fragments of a translation of The Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English, made by Ælfwine or Eriol; together with Old English equivalents of Elvish names"
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