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{{quote|O stars that in the Sunless Year<br>With shining hand by her were sown,<br>In Windy fields now bright and clear<br>We see your silver blossom blown!|Hymn to Elbereth, ''[[Three is Company]]''.}}
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{{quote|O stars that in the Sunless Year<br>With shining hand by her were sown,<br>In Windy fields now bright and clear<br>We see your silver blossom blown!|[[Elven Hymn to Elbereth|Hymn to Elbereth]]}}
 
'''Varda Elentári''', known among the Sindar as '''Elbereth Gilthoniel''', was a [[Valar|Valië]], the wife of [[Manwë]] and Queen of the Valar.
 
'''Varda Elentári''', known among the Sindar as '''Elbereth Gilthoniel''', was a [[Valar|Valië]], the wife of [[Manwë]] and Queen of the Valar.
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
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[[Image:Ted Nasmith - Varda and Manwë in Valinor.jpg|thumb|left|''Varda with Manwë in Valinor'', by [[Ted Nasmith]].]]
 
When [[Melkor]] first began to create his discord, Varda saw his mind, and hated him. Melkor feared and hated Varda the most out of the Valar.  
 
When [[Melkor]] first began to create his discord, Varda saw his mind, and hated him. Melkor feared and hated Varda the most out of the Valar.  
  
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The Valar, being divine beings below a greater, more ultimate Creator, [[Ilúvatar]], are thought of as being the [[Middle-earth]] equivalent of saints and angels; it has therefore been suggested that Varda, in her role as the most loved and prayed-to Vala, may be an equivalent of the Virgin Mary in Tolkien's own Catholic faith.
 
The Valar, being divine beings below a greater, more ultimate Creator, [[Ilúvatar]], are thought of as being the [[Middle-earth]] equivalent of saints and angels; it has therefore been suggested that Varda, in her role as the most loved and prayed-to Vala, may be an equivalent of the Virgin Mary in Tolkien's own Catholic faith.
  
[[Image:Ted Nasmith - Varda and Manwë in Valinor.jpg|thumb|left|''Varda with Manwë in Valinor'', by [[Ted Nasmith]].]]
 
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
''Varda'' means ''sublime'' or ''lofty'' in [[Quenya]] and in [[Telerin]] she was called [[Baradis]]. The [[Sindarin]] related name was [[Elbereth]].
 
''Varda'' means ''sublime'' or ''lofty'' in [[Quenya]] and in [[Telerin]] she was called [[Baradis]]. The [[Sindarin]] related name was [[Elbereth]].
  
In [[Adûnaic]], her name was adapted rather than translated; it became '''[[Avradî]]'''
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In [[Adûnaic]], her name was adapted rather than translated; it became '''[[Avradî]]'''.
  
Some older forms were '''Baráda''' and '''Bridhil'''
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Some older forms were '''Baráda''' and '''Bridhil'''.
  
All this come from the [[root]] [[BARÁD]]
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All this come from the [[root]] [[BARÁD]].
  
 
==Names and epithets==
 
==Names and epithets==
She was also known as ''[[Elentári]]'' "Star-queen", ''[[Tintalle]]'' "Star-kindler".  
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She was also known as ''[[Elentári]]'' "Star-queen", ''[[Tintallë]]'' "Star-kindler".  
  
 
In [[Sindarin]] she is also known as '''[[Gilthoniel]]''' (Starkindler), '''[[Fanuilos]]''' (Ever-white).
 
In [[Sindarin]] she is also known as '''[[Gilthoniel]]''' (Starkindler), '''[[Fanuilos]]''' (Ever-white).

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"O stars that in the Sunless Year
With shining hand by her were sown,
In Windy fields now bright and clear
We see your silver blossom blown!
"
Hymn to Elbereth

Varda Elentári, known among the Sindar as Elbereth Gilthoniel, was a Valië, the wife of Manwë and Queen of the Valar.

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History

Varda with Manwë in Valinor, by Ted Nasmith.

When Melkor first began to create his discord, Varda saw his mind, and hated him. Melkor feared and hated Varda the most out of the Valar.

Varda was said to be too beautiful for words. Within her face radiated the light of Ilúvatar. She resided with Manwë in Valinor. Varda created the stars with the dews from the vats of Telperion, the silver of the Two Trees. Varda is said to be the Vala most loved and revered by the Elves in Middle-earth, she is also believed to be the most beautiful.

Inspiration

The Valar, being divine beings below a greater, more ultimate Creator, Ilúvatar, are thought of as being the Middle-earth equivalent of saints and angels; it has therefore been suggested that Varda, in her role as the most loved and prayed-to Vala, may be an equivalent of the Virgin Mary in Tolkien's own Catholic faith.

Etymology

Varda means sublime or lofty in Quenya and in Telerin she was called Baradis. The Sindarin related name was Elbereth.

In Adûnaic, her name was adapted rather than translated; it became Avradî.

Some older forms were Baráda and Bridhil.

All this come from the root BARÁD.

Names and epithets

She was also known as Elentári "Star-queen", Tintallë "Star-kindler".

In Sindarin she is also known as Gilthoniel (Starkindler), Fanuilos (Ever-white).

In Adûnaic she was also called Gimilnitîr "starkindler".

She is also referred to by the epithets The Kindler, Lady of the Stars, Queen of the Stars, Snow-white. They are translations of her Elvish names.

See Also


Valar
Lords:  Manwë · Ulmo · Aulë · Oromë · Mandos · Irmo · Tulkas
Queens:  Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa