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'''Vairë the Weaver''' ([[Quenya|Q]], pron. {{IPA|[ˈvaɪre]}}) is a [[Valar|Valië]] and the wife of [[Mandos]], and is responsible for weaving the story of the World.
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'''Vairë''' ([[Quenya|Q]], pron. {{IPA|[ˈvaɪre]}}) was a [[Valar|Valië]] and the wife of [[Mandos]], and was responsible for weaving the story of the World.
  
Vairë is counted among the Valier, the Queens of the Valar; though not as great in power or prestige as some, her "storied webs" cover the Halls of Mandos, where she apparently lived.  
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Vairë was counted among the Valier, the Queens of the Valar; though not as great in power or prestige as some, her "storied webs" covered the Halls of Mandos, where she apparently lived.
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==Etymology==
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The [[Quenya]] name ''Vairë'' means "Weaver",<ref>{{S|Index}}</ref> or "Ever-weaving", derived from the [[Sundocarme|root]] WIR.<ref>{{VT|39a}}, pp. 10, 14 (form: ''Vaire'')</ref>
  
The [[Vanyar]] call her '''Wairë''' ({{IPA|[ˈwaɪre]}}), as did the [[Ñoldor]] before the [[Second Age]].  In the [[The Lost Road and Other Writings|Etymologies]], the [[Sindarin]] equivalent of her name ([[Quenya]] "weaver") is given as '''Gwîr''' ({{IPA|[ɡʷiːːr]}}).
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In the ''[[The Etymologies|Etymologies]]'', Quenya ''Vaire'' ("Weaver") is a descendant form of [[Primitive Quendian]] ''weirē'', deriving from [[Sundocarme|root]] VEY ("wind, weave").<ref name=LR/>
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==Names==
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Her [[Noldorin]] name is said to be '''''Gwîr''''' ("Weaver").<ref name=LR>{{LR|Etymologies}}, p. 398</ref>
  
== Alternatives ==
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==Other versions of the legendarium==
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A different Vairë appeared in some of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s earliest writings. In ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part One]]'', she was an [[Elves|Elf]] of [[Tol Eressëa]]. She and her husband Lindo tell the stories that would become the [[Quenta Silmarillion|Silmarillion]] to the human mariner [[Ælfwine]]/Eriol. Her role as storyteller may have influenced the naming of the Vala responsible for recording stories.
  
A different '''Vairë''' appeared in some of Tolkien's earliest writings. In ''[[The Book of Lost Tales]]'', she was an [[Elves|Elf]] of [[Tol Eressëa]]. She and her husband Lindo tell the stories that would become the [[Quenta Silmarillion|Silmarillion]] to the human mariner [[Ælfwine]]/Eriol. Her role as storyteller may have influenced the naming of the Vala responsible for recording stories.
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Revision as of 15:18, 14 April 2012

Alice Falto - Vaire.jpg
Vairë
Vala
Biographical Information
Other namesGwîr
Family
Siblingsnone
SpouseNámo
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Vairë

Vairë (Q, pron. [ˈvaɪre]) was a Valië and the wife of Mandos, and was responsible for weaving the story of the World.

Vairë was counted among the Valier, the Queens of the Valar; though not as great in power or prestige as some, her "storied webs" covered the Halls of Mandos, where she apparently lived.

Contents

Etymology

The Quenya name Vairë means "Weaver",[1] or "Ever-weaving", derived from the root WIR.[2]

In the Etymologies, Quenya Vaire ("Weaver") is a descendant form of Primitive Quendian weirē, deriving from root VEY ("wind, weave").[3]

Names

Her Noldorin name is said to be Gwîr ("Weaver").[3]

Other versions of the legendarium

A different Vairë appeared in some of Tolkien's earliest writings. In The Book of Lost Tales Part One, she was an Elf of Tol Eressëa. She and her husband Lindo tell the stories that would become the Silmarillion to the human mariner Ælfwine/Eriol. Her role as storyteller may have influenced the naming of the Vala responsible for recording stories.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "From Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998, pp. 10, 14 (form: Vaire)
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 398


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