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Biographical Information
Other namesTulukhastāz, Astaldo, Tulcus, The Valiant
PositionChampion of the Valar
Physical Description
Hair colorGolden (hair and beard)[1]
GalleryImages of Tulkas

Tulkas was a Vala. He was the spouse of Nessa.



Tulkas was the most warlike of the Valar and the last of them to descend into Arda, coming to the aid of the others when he heard of their war with Melkor. But for his arrival, the Dark Lord might have defeated the Valar. [2] Hearing the sound of Tulkas' laughter and beholding his wrath, Melkor fled before him, and the Spring of Arda was begun.

After the Two Lamps were erected and the Valar had made their first dwelling at Almaren, Tulkas wedded Nessa in a great feast. Being weary and content he slept, and Melkor decided his hour to retaliate had come.

Tulkas is described as delighting in wrestling and contests of strength. He wielded no weapon, and rode no steed. As he cared little about either past or future, he was not a good counselor, but nonetheless a very hardy friend.[3] He is described as being slow to wrath, but also slow to forgive—for that reason, he was one of the Valar that opposed the release of Melkor.

Tulkas also tended to be impatient; before the Awakening of the Elves he urged the other Valar to wage war against Melkor. After the Darkening of Valinor he also hurried Fëanor to take a decision about surrendering the Silmarils.

It is said that in the Dagor Dagorath, Tulkas will once more oppose Melkor, and will directly fight him in the battle and play a large role in assisting in his defeat. The victor is unknown, as it will be supposedly by the hand of Túrin that Melkor is slain once and for all.[source?]


The name Tulkas (pron. [ˈtulkas]) means in Quenya "strong, steadfast".[4] Tulukhastāz ("the golden-haried")[note 1] was the original Valarin name for Tulkas.[5]

In Noldorin, his name is Tulcus ([ˈtulkus]).[4]

Other names

He was also called Astaldo (Q: "the Valiant", pron. [asˈtaldo]).[1] Astaldo replaced the earlier name Poldórëa.[6][7]

In Eriol's Old English translations, Tulkas is referred as Afodfrea "Strength-ruler".[8]

In an early manuscript, Tolkien suggested a surname of Tulkas: Ender.[9]


  1. Tulukhastāz is said to consist of the Valarin elements tulukha(n) ("yellow") and (a)šata- ("hair of head").


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: The History of the Silmarils"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, VI. VI. Quenta Silmarillion", p. 206 §7
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One, p. 270
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language': Note on the 'Language of the Valar'", p. 399
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The History of Middle-earth Index, p. 361
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 181 (forms: Poldórea, Poldor, Poldomo)
  8. 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"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part One" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 45, November 2003, p. 11