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'''Vána''' ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Beauty", pron. {{IPA|[ˈvaːna]}}) or '''Wána''' ([[Vanyarin]], {{IPA|[ˈwaːna]}}) was the name of a [[Valar|Valië]] also called ''the Ever-young''. She was the younger sister of [[Yavanna]] and wife of [[Oromë]]. "All flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming."<ref>{{S|IIb}}</ref> She dwelt in gardens filled with golden flowers and often came to the forests of Oromë.
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'''Vána''', one of the [[Valier]], was the younger sister of [[Yavanna]] and the spouse of [[Oromë]]. Among the seven Valier, Vána was the sixth named.<ref name=Valar/>  
  
Before her departure to [[Middle-earth]], the [[Maiar|Maia]] [[Melian]] served Vána and [[Estë]], tending the flowering trees in the gardens of [[Irmo]].<ref>{{S|IIc}}</ref> Another Maia, [[Arien]], tended the golden flowers of the garden of Vána before she was chosen as the guide of the vessel of the Sun.<ref>{{S|Sun}}</ref>
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==History==
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Like her sister, Vána had influence with the flora and fauna of Middle-earth, "all flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming."<ref name=Valar>{{S|IIb}}</ref> She robed herself in flowers and her hair was golden in color.<ref name=Vana>{{LT1|VIII}}</ref> 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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[[Nessa]], the sister of Vána's spouse [[Oromë]], wedded [[Tulkas]] on the [[Almaren|Isle of Almaren]], the Valar's first dwelling. Vána robed Nessa with her flowers for the wedding.<ref>{{MR|P2}}</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 and [[Estë]] before she departed to [[Middle-earth]].<ref>{{S|IIc}}</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 disturb them again. For such reasons, they sought the concealment and protection of their land [[Aman]]. It was said that particularly Vána and [[Nessa]] were of one mind in this matter, in accordance with most of the other Valar, although [[Ulmo]] pled pity and pardon for the Noldoi.<ref>{{LT2|III}}</ref>{{rp|218}}
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== Etymology ==
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Vána ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Beauty", pron. {{IPA|[ˈvaːna]}}) or '''Wána''' ([[Vanyarin]], {{IPA|[ˈwaːna]}}) was the name of the [[Vala]] who was also called the Ever-young.<ref name=Valar/>
  
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
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In the earliest form of the [[legendarium|mythology]], Vána and [[Oromë]] had a 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 [[Laurelin]]:
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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>}}
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In ''[[The History of Middle-earth]]'', [[Tolkien]] wrote that when the power of [[Yavanna]] had failed to heal the wounds of the [[Two Trees]], Vána's love for [[Laurelin]] was so great that it caused the tree's remaining life to come forth one last time as a fruit of gold from which the [[Valar]] later fashioned the [[Sun]]. Vána's maiden, [[Arien|Urwen]], would steer the Sun's vessel across the sky. Vána, who repented of speaking against the harvest of Laurelin's last fruit, cut her hair short to weave the tresses as the sails for the Sun-ship.<ref name=Vana/>{{rp|186}}
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In ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', Nienna's tears cleansed the trees and Yavanna's songs brought forth the final bloom of [[Telperion]] and fruit of [[Laurelin]]; Vána was not involved.
  
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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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
WeaponryPowers of the Valar
GalleryImages of Vána

Vána, one of the Valier, was the younger sister of Yavanna and the spouse of Oromë. Among the seven Valier, Vána was the sixth named.[1]

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[edit] History

Like her sister, Vána had influence with the flora and fauna of Middle-earth, "all flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming."[1] She robed herself in flowers and her hair was golden in color.[2] She had "the beauty of both heaven and earth upon her face and in all her works."[3]

Nessa, the sister of Vána's spouse Oromë, wedded Tulkas on the Isle of Almaren, the Valar's first dwelling. Vána robed Nessa with her flowers for the wedding.[4]

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 and Estë before she departed to Middle-earth.[5]

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 disturb them again. For such reasons, they sought the concealment and protection of their land Aman. It was said that particularly Vána and Nessa were of one mind in this matter, in accordance with most of the other Valar, although Ulmo pled pity and pardon for the Noldoi.[6]:218

[edit] Etymology

Vána (Q: "Beauty", pron. [ˈvaːna]) or Wána (Vanyarin, [ˈwaːna]) was the name of the Vala who was also called the Ever-young.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In the earliest form of the mythology, Vána and Oromë had a daughter, Nielíqui.[7] Whilst in the origins of the story of the Two Trees, Vána played a formative role in the growth of 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.[8]

In The History of Middle-earth, Tolkien wrote that when the power of Yavanna had failed to heal the wounds of the Two Trees, Vána's love for Laurelin was so great that it caused the tree's remaining life to come forth one last time as a fruit of gold from which the Valar later fashioned the Sun. Vána's maiden, Urwen, would steer the Sun's vessel across the sky. Vána, who repented of speaking against the harvest of Laurelin's last fruit, cut her hair short to weave the tresses as the sails for the Sun-ship.[2]:186

In The Silmarillion, Nienna's tears cleansed the trees and Yavanna's songs brought forth the final bloom of Telperion and fruit of Laurelin; Vána was not involved.

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aulë
 
Yavanna
 
VÁNA
 
Oromë
 
Nessa
 
Tulkas
 
 
 
 


[edit] See also

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 Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Tale of the Sun and Moon"
  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. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Maiar"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Index, p. 288
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor"