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Vairë

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Vairë
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Biographical Information
Other namesGwîr
Family
Siblingsnone
SpouseNámo
Physical Description
GenderFemale
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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.

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Etymology

The name Vairë means "Weaver" in Quenya.[1] Originally the word was Wairë ([ˈwaɪre]), as the Vanyar pronounce it.[source?]

In the Etymologies, Quenya Vaire ("Weaver") is a descendant form of Primitive Quendian weirē, deriving from root VEY ("wind, weave").[2]

Names

Her Noldorin name is said to be Gwîr ("Weaver").[2]

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. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 398