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Biographical Information
Other namesMandos, Bannoth, Badhron, The Judge, The Just
SiblingsIrmo and Nienna
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Námo

Námo (pron. [ˈnaːmo]) was the Doomsman of the Valar and keeper of the slain in his Halls in the west of Valinor. Vairë the Weaver is his wife.

Námo was more commonly known as Mandos (Q: "Prison-fortress"; [ˈmandos]), which is more correctly the name of his dwelling.

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.


Námo in Quenya means "Judge" or "Ordainer", from root NAM. The Sindarin equivalent is Badhron ([ˈbaðron]).

The Sindarin name for Mandos is Bannoth ([ˈbanːoθ]).

In Eriol's Old English translations, Mandos is referred as Nefrea "Corpse-ruler" and neoaerna hlaford "master of the houses of the dead".[1]


  1. 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"