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'''Valacirca''' ([[Quenya|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<sup>[[#References|1]]</sup>.  
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'''Valacirca''' ([[Quenya|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<ref>''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor]]</ref>.  
  
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<sup>[[#References|2]]</sup>.
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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<ref>''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part 1]]'', passim.</ref>.
  
 
==Other names==
 
==Other names==
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''. The constellation is also known as ''the Plough'', a name used in British English to refer to the seven brightest stars in ''Ursa Major''<sup>[[#References|3]]</sup>, known in US English as ''Big Dipper''.  
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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''. The constellation is also known as ''the Plough'', a name used in British English to refer to the seven brightest stars in ''Ursa Major''<ref>''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursa_Major Ursa Major at Wikipedia]''</ref>, 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''.  
 
It is unclear whether the Dwarvish constellation ''[[Durin's Crown]]'', seen in the reflection of [[Mirrormere]], is the ''Valacirca''.  
  
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==References==
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# ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor]]
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# ''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part 1]]'', passim.
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# ''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursa_Major Ursa Major at Wikipedia]''
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Revision as of 16:53, 13 February 2010

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[1].

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 1910s[2].

Other names

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. The constellation is also known as the Plough, a name used in British English to refer to the seven brightest stars in Ursa Major[3], 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.

Inflection

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References

  1. The Silmarillion, Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor
  2. The Book of Lost Tales Part 1, passim.
  3. Ursa Major at Wikipedia