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Biographical Information
Other namesthe Ever-young
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".



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] The Vána robed herself in flowers and she had the beauty of both heaven and earth upon her face and in all her works.[3]

The Valie Vána dwelt in gardens filled with golden flowers and often came to the forests of Oromë her spouse. 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 the great golden Tree 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 Valie 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 the Vala Ulmo had brought from the spilled lakes--yet was Kulullin almost o'erflowing at the end.[7]

In the older versions of The 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; however though, Vána's love for the great 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.[8]



See also


  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"
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  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"