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'''Nienna''' was a Queen of the [[Valar]], the sister of [[Mandos]] and [[Irmo]]. She ranked as one of the eight [[Aratar]], the most powerful of the Valar. Nienna dwelt alone on the western borders of the World.  
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'''Nienna''' was a Queen of the [[Valar]], the sister of [[Mandos]] and [[Irmo]], acquainted with grief and sorrow but also pity and courage.
  
==History==
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==Attributes==
Grief and mourning were Nienna's province; in her halls in the distant west, she wept for the suffering of [[Arda]]. Her part in the [[Music of the Ainur]] was one of deep sadness, and from this grief entered the world in its beginning.
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The sister of the [[Fëanturi]], she is ranked as one of the eight [[Aratar]], the most powerful of the Valar. Her element is grief, ever mourning for the wounds of the world by evil. Those who listen to her learn wisdom and endurance in grief.<ref name=SIIb>{{S|IIb}}</ref>
  
She taught pity and endurance; though she rarely travelled to the joyful city of [[Valmar]], she went more often to the halls of her brother [[Mandos]] to comfort and counsel those in the [[Halls of Mandos|Halls of Waiting]]. The [[Maiar|Maia]] [[Gandalf#Names|Olórin]], who was later to travel to [[Middle-earth]] as [[Gandalf]], learned much from her.
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Her [[Halls of Nienna|halls]] are in the distant west, close to the [[Halls of Mandos]], but on the western borders of the World and her windows look outward from the [[Walls of the World]]. She dwells alone and rarely travelled to the joyful city of [[Valmar]]; those in the [[Halls of Waiting]] who cried to her, and she went more often to the halls of her brother [[Mandos]] to comfort and counsel them.<ref name=SIIb/>
  
Nienna played a part in the making of the [[Two Trees of Valinor]]; she wept on the mound of [[Ezellohar]], watering it with her tears. After the destruction of the Trees by [[Morgoth|Melkor]], she once again wept on their wounded remains, cleansing the filth of [[Ungoliant]], and helping to bring forth the last fruit and flower that were to become the [[Sun]] and the [[Moon]].
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All that is known about her appearance is that she wore a grey hood.<ref name=S9>{{S|9}}: "cast back her grey hood"</ref>
  
The pity of Nienna is most clearly seen in her support for Melkor when he sued for the pardon of the Valar. Though she spent her time in the world mourning for the destruction he has wreaked in Arda, when he sued for release after his three ages of Captivity, Nienna spoke on his part.
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==History==
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Her part in the [[Music of the Ainur]] was one of deep sadness, and from this grief entered the world in its beginning.<ref name=SIIb/>
  
Of Nienna's appearance we have almost no knowledge. The only hint is in the ''[[Quenta Silmarillion]]'', where she "cast back her grey hood".<ref>{{S|9}}</ref>
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The [[Maiar|Maia]] [[Gandalf#Names|Olórin]], who was later to travel to [[Middle-earth]] as [[Gandalf]], learned much from her.<ref>{{S|IIc}}</ref>
  
==Names==
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Nienna played a part in the making of the [[Two Trees of Valinor]]; she wept on the mound of [[Ezellohar]], watering it with her tears.<ref>{{S|1}}</ref> After the destruction of the Trees by [[Morgoth|Melkor]], she once again wept on their wounded remains, cleansing the filth of [[Ungoliant]], and helping to bring forth the last fruit and flower that were to become the [[Sun]] and the [[Moon]].<ref name=S9/>
''Nienna'' is a [[Quenya]] name meaning "She Who Weeps" (pronounced {{IPA|[niˈenːa]}}). Her other recorded names were:
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*'''''Nyenna''''' {{IPA|[ˈɲenːa]}}{{fact}}
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*Nienna is also called '''''Fui''''' ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Night", {{IPA|[fuɪ]}}), though this is more correctly the name of her dwelling.
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The pity of Nienna is most clearly seen in her support for Melkor when he sued for the pardon of the Valar. Though she spent her time in the world mourning for the destruction he has wreaked in Arda, when he sued for release after his three ages of Captivity, Nienna spoke on his part.<ref>{{S|6}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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''Nienna'' is a [[Quenya]] name which contains the word ''nie'' "tear".<ref>{{LR|Etymolgoies}}, entry NEI</ref>
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
In [[The Annals of Aman]], Nienna is referred to as the sister of [[Manwë]] and [[Morgoth|Melkor]].
 
In [[The Annals of Aman]], Nienna is referred to as the sister of [[Manwë]] and [[Morgoth|Melkor]].
  
 
In the ''[[The Book of Lost Tales (disambiguation)|Book of Lost Tales]]'', other names of Nienna recorded were:
 
In the ''[[The Book of Lost Tales (disambiguation)|Book of Lost Tales]]'', other names of Nienna recorded were:
 
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*'''''Nyenna''''' {{IPA|[ˈɲenːa]}}<ref>{{LT1|Appendix}}</ref>
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*'''''Fui''''' ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Night", {{IPA|[fuɪ]}}), though this is more correctly the name of [[Halls of Nienna#Other versions of the legendarium|her dwelling]].
 
*'''''Heskil''''' ([[Qenya]]: "Winter One", {{IPA|[ˈheskil]}})<ref name=LT1/>
 
*'''''Heskil''''' ([[Qenya]]: "Winter One", {{IPA|[ˈheskil]}})<ref name=LT1/>
 
*'''''Núri''''' ([[Qenya]]: "Sighing One", {{IPA|[ˈnuːri]}})<ref name=LT1/>
 
*'''''Núri''''' ([[Qenya]]: "Sighing One", {{IPA|[ˈnuːri]}})<ref name=LT1/>

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Daniel Govar - Nienna.jpg
Nienna
Vala
Biographical Information
Other namesNyenna, Heskil, Núri, Qalmë-Tári, Fui
PositionLady of pity and mourning
LocationHalls of Nienna
AffiliationClose to Olórin
Family
SiblingsMandos, Irmo
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Nienna was a Queen of the Valar, the sister of Mandos and Irmo, acquainted with grief and sorrow but also pity and courage.

Contents

[edit] Attributes

The sister of the Fëanturi, she is ranked as one of the eight Aratar, the most powerful of the Valar. Her element is grief, ever mourning for the wounds of the world by evil. Those who listen to her learn wisdom and endurance in grief.[1]

Her halls are in the distant west, close to the Halls of Mandos, but on the western borders of the World and her windows look outward from the Walls of the World. She dwells alone and rarely travelled to the joyful city of Valmar; those in the Halls of Waiting who cried to her, and she went more often to the halls of her brother Mandos to comfort and counsel them.[1]

All that is known about her appearance is that she wore a grey hood.[2]

[edit] History

Her part in the Music of the Ainur was one of deep sadness, and from this grief entered the world in its beginning.[1]

The Maia Olórin, who was later to travel to Middle-earth as Gandalf, learned much from her.[3]

Nienna played a part in the making of the Two Trees of Valinor; she wept on the mound of Ezellohar, watering it with her tears.[4] After the destruction of the Trees by Melkor, she once again wept on their wounded remains, cleansing the filth of Ungoliant, and helping to bring forth the last fruit and flower that were to become the Sun and the Moon.[2]

The pity of Nienna is most clearly seen in her support for Melkor when he sued for the pardon of the Valar. Though she spent her time in the world mourning for the destruction he has wreaked in Arda, when he sued for release after his three ages of Captivity, Nienna spoke on his part.[5]

[edit] Etymology

Nienna is a Quenya name which contains the word nie "tear".[6]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In The Annals of Aman, Nienna is referred to as the sister of Manwë and Melkor.

In the Book of Lost Tales, other names of Nienna recorded were:

  • Nyenna [ˈɲenːa][7]
  • Fui (Q: "Night", [fuɪ]), though this is more correctly the name of her dwelling.
  • Heskil (Qenya: "Winter One", [ˈheskil])[8]
  • Núri (Qenya: "Sighing One", [ˈnuːri])[8]
  • Qalmë-Tári (Qenya: "Mistress of Death", [ˌkʷalmeˈtaːri])[8]

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor": "cast back her grey hood"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Maiar"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  6. , entry NEI
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", p. 66


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