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'''Vána''' ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Beauty", pron. {{IPA|[ˈvaːna]}}) or '''Wána''' ([[Vanyarin]], {{IPA|[ˈwaːna]}}) was the name of a [[Valar|Valië]] who was also called "the Ever-young".  
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'''Vána''' ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Beauty", pron. {{IPA|[ˈvaːna]}}) or '''Wána''' ([[Vanyarin]], {{IPA|[ˈwaːna]}}) was the name of a [[Valar|Valië]] who was also called "the Ever-young".
 
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==Attributes==
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Vána was the younger sister of the Valie [[Yavanna]] and the spouse of the Vala [[Oromë]]. Vána was responsible for the preserving of youth made for all life in [[Arda]]. "All flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming."<ref>'''[[The Silmarillion]]''', ''[[Valaquenta]]'', "Of the Valar"</ref> Vána robed herself in flowers and she had the beauty of both heaven and earth upon her face and in all her works.<ref>'''[[The History of Middle-earth]]''', Vol.10: [[Morgoth's Ring]], ''The Later Quenta Silmarillion'', "Of the Valar"</ref> Among other things, the [[Valie]] Vána had golden hair.<ref>'''[[The History of Middle-earth|The History of Middle-Earth]]''', Vol.1: ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part One]]'', "The Hiding of Valinor"</ref>
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==History==
 
==History==
Vána dwelt in gardens filled with golden flowers and often came to the forests of her spouse [[Oromë]]. In the Days of the [[Two Trees]] of Valinor, the [[Maia]] maiden [[Arien]], before she came to carry the Vessel of the [[Sun]] had served Vána, tending to the golden flowers of the gardens of Vána by watering them with the bright dews from the great Tree [[Laurelin]]. [[Melian]] was another Maia who initially served Vána before she departed to [[Middle-earth]].<ref>'''[[The Silmarillion]]''', ''[[Valaquenta]]'', "Of the Maiar"</ref>
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Vána was the younger sister of [[Yavanna]] and the spouse of [[Oromë]]. Vána was responsible for the preserving of youth made for all life in [[Arda]]. "All flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming."<ref>{{S|IIb}}</ref> Vána robed herself in flowers and she had the beauty of both heaven and earth upon her face and in all her works.<ref>{{MR|P3I1}}</ref>
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Vána dwelt in gardens filled with golden flowers and often came to the forests of [[Oromë]]. In the days of the [[Two Trees]] of Valinor, the [[Maia]] maiden [[Arien]] tended to the golden flowers of the gardens of Vána by watering them with the bright dews from [[Laurelin]]. [[Melian]] was another Maia who initially served Vána before she departed to [[Middle-earth]].<ref>{{S|IIc}</ref>
  
After [[Darkening of Valinor|the Darkening of Valinor]] and the flight of the [[Noldor]] to Middle-Earth, most of the [[Valar]] were glad to have their ancient peace back, wishing neither the rumors of [[Melkor]] and his violence nor the murmur of the restless Noldor to come upon them again. Thus for such reasons, they clamored for the concealment of their land [[Aman]]. It was said that Vána was one among them.<ref>'''[[The History of Middle-earth]]''', Vol.2: ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part Two]]'', "The Fall of Gondolin"</ref>
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After the [[Darkening of Valinor]] and the flight of the [[Noldor]] to Middle-earth, most of the [[Valar]] were glad to have their ancient peace back, wishing neither the rumours of [[Melkor]] and his violence nor the murmur of the restless Noldor to come upon them again. Thus for such reasons, they clamored for the concealment of their land [[Aman]]. It was said that Vána was one among them.<ref>{{LT2|III}}</ref>
  
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
In the early origins of the great [[Two Trees]] of [[Valinor]], Vána played a formative role in the growth of the great Tree [[Laurelin]]: "Then was the pit covered with rich earths that ''[[Palúrien]]''([[Yavanna]]) devised, and Vána came who loveth life and sunlight and at whose song the flowers arise and open, and the murmur of her maidens round her was like to the merry noise of the folk that stir abroad for the first time on a bright morning. There sang she the song of spring upon the mound, and danced about it, and watered it with great streams of that golden light that [[Ulmo]] had brought from the spilled lakes--yet was Kulullin almost o'erflowing at the end."<ref>{{LT1|III}}</ref>
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In the earliest form of the [[legendarium|mythology]], Vána and Oromë had the daughter [[Nielíqui]].<ref>{{LT1|Index}}, p. 288</ref> Whilst In the origins of the story of the [[Two Trees]], Vána played a formative role in the growth of the great Tree [[Laurelin]]:
  
In the earliest form of the [[legendarium|mythology]], Vána and Oromë had the daughter [[Nielíqui]].<ref>{{LT1|Index}}, p. 288</ref>
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{{blockquote|Then was the pit covered with rich earths that ''[[Palúrien]]'' devised, and Vána came who loveth life and sunlight and at whose song the flowers arise and open, and the murmur of her maidens round her was like to the merry noise of the folk that stir abroad for the first time on a bright morning. There sang she the song of spring upon the mound, and danced about it, and watered it with great streams of that golden light that [[Ulmo]] had brought from the spilled lakes--yet was Kulullin almost o'erflowing at the end.<ref>{{LT1|III}}</ref>}}
  
In the older version of [[History of Middle-earth]], Tolkien wrote that even when the spells of Vána's sister [[Yavanna]] failed to heal the wounds of the [[Two Trees]], Vána's love for the great [[golden Tree|Golden Tree]] [[Laurelin]] was so great that it caused the tree's remaining power to blossom in the form of a fruit of gold from which the [[Valar]] later fashioned in the making of the [[Sun]].<ref>{{LT1|VIII}}</ref>
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In the older version of ''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'', Tolkien wrote that even when the spells of [[Yavanna]] failed to heal the wounds of the [[Two Trees]], Vána's love for [[Laurelin]] was so great that it caused the tree's remaining power to blossom in the form of a fruit of gold from which the [[Valar]] later fashioned in the making of the [[Sun]].<ref>{{LT1|VIII}}</ref>
  
 
==Genealogy==
 
==Genealogy==

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Vána
Vala
Elena Kukanova - The Ever Young.jpg
"The Ever Young" by Elena Kukanova
Biographical Information
Other namesthe Ever-young
LocationValinor
AffiliationMelian, Arien
Family
SiblingsYavanna
SpouseOromë
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Hair colorGolden[1]
WeaponryPowers of the Valar
GalleryImages of Vána

Vána (Q: "Beauty", pron. [ˈvaːna]) or Wána (Vanyarin, [ˈwaːna]) was the name of a Valië who was also called "the Ever-young".

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History

Vána was the younger sister of Yavanna and the spouse of Oromë. Vána was responsible for the preserving of youth made for all life in Arda. "All flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming."[2] Vána robed herself in flowers and she had the beauty of both heaven and earth upon her face and in all her works.[3]

Vána dwelt in gardens filled with golden flowers and often came to the forests of Oromë. In the days of the Two Trees of Valinor, the Maia maiden Arien tended to the golden flowers of the gardens of Vána by watering them with the bright dews from Laurelin. Melian was another Maia who initially served Vána before she departed to Middle-earth.[4]

After the Darkening of Valinor and the flight of the Noldor to Middle-earth, most of the Valar were glad to have their ancient peace back, wishing neither the rumours of Melkor and his violence nor the murmur of the restless Noldor to come upon them again. Thus for such reasons, they clamored for the concealment of their land Aman. It was said that Vána was one among them.[5]

Other versions of the legendarium

In the earliest form of the mythology, Vána and Oromë had the daughter Nielíqui.[6] Whilst In the origins of the story of the Two Trees, Vána played a formative role in the growth of the great Tree Laurelin:

Then was the pit covered with rich earths that Palúrien devised, and Vána came who loveth life and sunlight and at whose song the flowers arise and open, and the murmur of her maidens round her was like to the merry noise of the folk that stir abroad for the first time on a bright morning. There sang she the song of spring upon the mound, and danced about it, and watered it with great streams of that golden light that Ulmo had brought from the spilled lakes--yet was Kulullin almost o'erflowing at the end.[7]

In the older version of The History of Middle-earth, Tolkien wrote that even when the spells of Yavanna failed to heal the wounds of the Two Trees, Vána's love for Laurelin was so great that it caused the tree's remaining power to blossom in the form of a fruit of gold from which the Valar later fashioned in the making of the Sun.[8]

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aulë
 
Yavanna
 
VÁNA
 
Oromë
 
Nessa
 
Tulkas
 
 
 
 


See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Hiding of Valinor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (I) The First Phase: 1. Of the Valar"
  4. {{S|IIc}
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Index, p. 288
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Tale of the Sun and Moon"