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Nessa was a Valië. She was the wife of Tulkas and sister of Oromë.

Nessa was noted for her speed, able to outrun the deer who follow her in the wild, and also for her dancing ability, as she danced on the ever-green lawns of Valinor.[1] She wed Tulkas upon the Isle of Almaren[2] in the Year of the Lamps 3400.[3]

Nessa was the least of the Valar and all Ainur.[source?] Lesser than her were Maiar.


Nessa ([ˈnesːa]) is a Quenya name meaning "young".[4][5]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: First section of the Annals of Aman", 3400
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 376-7
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 14