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'[[Sickle of the
Gods]]' , one of the [[constellations]] set in the heavens by [[Varda]] to enlighten the awakening of the elves and gathered by Varda from among the ancient stars ([[Silmarillion]], Chap. 3 ; cf. MR 71, 160). Other constellations were [[Wilwarin]], [[Telumendil]], [[Soronúmë]], [[Anarríma]] and [[Menelmacar]] (or [[Telumehtar]]). |+|
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|−|Valacirca is by far the most important constellation in the heavens of Arda. It is also the first to appear in the mythology that [[ J.R.R. Tolkien]] begun to develop in the 1910's. |+|
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|−|Valacirca can be identified with the Great Bear or, more precisely, the Plough with its seven stars, often referred to in the writings of Tolkien. |+|
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|−|Another name- form: [[ Valakirka]] |+|
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names: the [[Seven Stars]], the [[Silver Sickle]], [[Sickle of the Gods]], [[ Burning Briar]] , also: [[ Silver Bear]], [[Silver Wain]] |+|
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|−|Other names in [[ Elvish]] languages: [[ Edegil]], [[Otselen]] |+|
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Valacirca (Q. "Sickle of the Valar") was one of the constellations set in the heavens by Varda to enlighten the awakening of the Elves and gathered by Varda from among the ancient stars.
In T.A. 2941 when Bilbo Baggins came to the Long Lake (on the Wood-elves' raft) he noticed the Valacirca twinkling in the north above the entry of the River Running into the lake.
On 29 September T.A. 3018 Frodo Baggins looked out of the window in the hobbits' room in Bree and saw the Valacirca bright above the shoulder of Bree-hill.
In Sindarin, the name was translated as Cerch i-Mbelain. The names Otselen and Edegil were also used in reference to the seven stars of the constellation. Hobbits called it the Burning Briar (it was also referred to as the Wain in The Hobbit and the Sickle in The Fellowship of the Ring). The constellation is also known as the Plough, a name used in British English to refer to the seven brightest stars in Ursa Major, known in US English as Big Dipper. It is unclear whether the Dwarvish constellation Durin's Crown, seen in the reflection of Mirrormere, is the Valacirca.
Other Versions of the Legendarium
Valacirca is by far the most important constellation in the heavens of Arda. It is also the first to appear in the mythology that J.R.R. Tolkien began to develop in the 1910s.
In the earliest map that Tolkien made for The Hobbit (referred to as Fimbulfambi's map by John D. Rateliff in The History of The Hobbit) the compass rose used a tiny diagram of the Valacirca to indicate "North".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Warm Welcome"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Strider"
- ↑ Ursa Major at Wikipedia
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, passim.
J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The First Phase, "The Pryftan Fragment", p. 21