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Biographical Information
Other namesthe Ever-young
TitlesA Queen of the Valar(Valie)
AffiliationMelian, Arien
Physical Description
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". She was considered a rank of 6 among the Valar Queens.



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."[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] Among other things, the Valie Vána had golden hair.[4]


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.[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 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.[6]

Other versions of the legendarium

In the earliest form of the mythology, Vána and Oromë had the daughter Nielíqui.[7]

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 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.



See also


  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol.1: The Book of the Lost Tales 1, "The Hiding of Valinor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol.10: Morgoth's Ring, The Later Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Valar"
  4. The History of Middle-Earth, Vol.1: The Book of Lost Tales 1, "The Hiding of Valinor"
  5. The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Maiar"
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol.2: The Book of Lost Tales 2, "The Fall of Gondolin"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Index, p. 288