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'''Wilwarin''' is one of the [[constellations]] created by the [[Vala]] [[Varda]] (for which she was known as [[Tintallë]], the [[Kindler]]) which was set in the heavens of [[Arda]] to welcome and give light to the [[Elves]], the [[Firstborn]].<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ed. [[Christopher Tolkien]], ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"</ref>
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'''Wilwarin''' was one of the [[constellations]] of [[Arda]].
  
''Wilwarin'' is only mentioned briefly in ''[[The Silmarillion]]'' in the chapter "[[Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor]]", but we are told by [[Christopher Tolkien]] that the name means "butterfly" in [[Quenya]]. <ref name="two">Tolkien, ''op. cit.'', "Index of Names"</ref>
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==Creation==
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Wilwarin was created by the [[Valar|Vala]] [[Varda]], and was which was set in the heavens of [[Arda]] to welcome and give light to the [[Elves]], who had just awoken in [[Cuiviénen]]<ref>''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor]]</ref>.
  
As there's no description of the constellation, so we can be unsure which - if any - of our modern-day constellation correspond to Wilwarin, but Christopher suggests that it could be the commonly-known constellation [[Wikipedia:Cassiopeia_(constellation)|Cassiopeia]].<ref name="two"/> Cassiopeia is a plausible candidate for being Wilwarin as its "W"-shape is a reasonable match to that of a butterfly.
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==Etymology==
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''Wilwarin'' means "butterfly" in [[Quenya]]<ref name="index">''[[The Silmarillion]]'', "Index of Names"</ref>.
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==Wilwarin in the real world==
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[[J.R.R. Tolkien]] gave no description of the constellation, nor any counterpart in our modern-day constellations, but [[Christopher Tolkien]] suggested that it could be the commonly-known constellation [[Wikipedia:Cassiopeia_(constellation)|Cassiopeia]]<ref name="index"/>. Cassiopeia is a plausible candidate for being Wilwarin as its "W"-shape is a reasonable match to that of a butterfly.
  
 
==References==
 
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Wilwarin was one of the constellations of Arda.

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Creation

Wilwarin was created by the Vala Varda, and was which was set in the heavens of Arda to welcome and give light to the Elves, who had just awoken in Cuiviénen[1].

Etymology

Wilwarin means "butterfly" in Quenya[2].

Wilwarin in the real world

J.R.R. Tolkien gave no description of the constellation, nor any counterpart in our modern-day constellations, but Christopher Tolkien suggested that it could be the commonly-known constellation Cassiopeia[2]. Cassiopeia is a plausible candidate for being Wilwarin as its "W"-shape is a reasonable match to that of a butterfly.

References

  1. The Silmarillion, Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"