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'''Yavanna Kementári''' ([[Quenya|Q]], pron. [[Noldorin|N]] {{IPA|[jaˈvanːa ˌkemenˈtaːri]}}, [[Vanyarin|V]] {{IPA|[jaˈβanːa ˌkemenˈtaːri]}}) was a [[Valar|Valië]], the consort of [[Aulë]].  She was responsible for all things that grew in the earth and was next to [[Varda]] in reverence.  Her usual form was that of a tall woman robed in green.<ref name="Vala">{{S|IIb}}</ref>  [[Melian]] of the [[Maiar]] was of her kin.<ref>{{S|Thingol}}</ref>
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'''Yavanna Kementári''' ([[Quenya|Q]], pron. [[Noldorin|N]] {{IPA|[jaˈvanːa ˌkemenˈtaːri]}}, [[Vanyarin|V]] {{IPA|[jaˈβanːa ˌkemenˈtaːri]}}) was a [[Valar|Valië]], one of the [[Aratar]] and was next to [[Varda]] in reverence. She was the elder "sister" of [[Vána]] and the consort of [[Aulë]].  She was responsible for all things that grew in the earth .  Her usual form was that of a tall woman robed in green.<ref name="Vala">{{S|IIb}}</ref>  [[Melian]] of the [[Maiar]] was of her kin.<ref>{{S|Thingol}}</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
[[File:Jacek Kopalski - Yavanna's Trees.jpg|''Yavanna's Trees'' by Jacek Kopalski|thumb|left]]
 
[[File:Jacek Kopalski - Yavanna's Trees.jpg|''Yavanna's Trees'' by Jacek Kopalski|thumb|left]]
In the beginning of days Yavanna was one of the Valar who contended with [[Morgoth]].  After his expulsion from [[Arda]] she planted the seeds that she had long devised and life came to [[Middle-earth]], although in the beginning no flowers bloomed.<ref name="Days">{{S|Days}}</ref>  When the [[Two Lamps]] were destroyed much of the life on Middle-earth slumbered in the [[Sleep of Yavanna]]<ref>{{S|Sindar}}</ref> that lasted until the rising of the [[Moon]] and the [[Sun]].<ref name="Sun">{{S|Sun}}</ref>
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In the beginning of days Yavanna planted the first seeds of [[Arda]] and watched over the [[olvar]] and all growing things. As [[Morgoth]] was corrupting her beloved creatures, she contended with him and supported all the plans against him.  After his expulsion from [[Arda]] she planted the seeds that she had long devised and life came to [[Middle-earth]], although in the beginning no flowers bloomed.<ref name="Days">{{S|Days}}</ref>  When the [[Two Lamps]] were destroyed much of the life on Middle-earth slumbered in the [[Sleep of Yavanna]]<ref>{{S|Sindar}}</ref> that lasted until the rising of the [[Moon]] and the [[Sun]].<ref name="Sun">{{S|Sun}}</ref>
  
After the destruction of the [[Two Lamps]] the Valar withdrew to [[Aman]] and created [[Valinor]].  Upon the green mound of [[Ezellohar]] Yavanna sat and sang while the other Valar sat and listened.  Her song, with the aid of the tears of [[Nienna]] brought forth the [[Two Trees]] which gave light to the land.  However, Yavanna did not forsake the [[Outer Lands]]; at times she would come there and heal the hurts of Morgoth.<ref name="Days"/>
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After the destruction of the [[Two Lamps]] the Valar withdrew to [[Aman]] and created [[Valinor]].  Upon the green mound of [[Ezellohar]] Yavanna sat and sang while the other Valar sat and listened.  Her song, with the aid of the tears of [[Nienna]] brought forth the [[Two Trees]], her greatest creation, which gave light to the land.  However, Yavanna did not forsake the [[Outer Lands]]; at times she would come there and heal the hurts of Morgoth.<ref name="Days"/>
  
 
After [[Ilúvatar|Eru]] allowed Aulë's creations, the [[Dwarves]], to survive, Yavanna feared that they would cut down all the trees in [[Middle-earth]]. [[Aulë]], in reply, told her that even [[Elves]] and [[Men]], the true [[Children of Ilúvatar]] would have need of her trees as well.  Yavanna lamented to [[Manwë]], questioning whether anything she had made would be free from the dominion of others.  Manwë brought her concerns before [[Ilúvatar]] in prayer, and Eru did indeed have pity upon Yavanna: He answered her plea by creating the [[Ents]] to protect the trees.<ref>{{S|Aule}}</ref>
 
After [[Ilúvatar|Eru]] allowed Aulë's creations, the [[Dwarves]], to survive, Yavanna feared that they would cut down all the trees in [[Middle-earth]]. [[Aulë]], in reply, told her that even [[Elves]] and [[Men]], the true [[Children of Ilúvatar]] would have need of her trees as well.  Yavanna lamented to [[Manwë]], questioning whether anything she had made would be free from the dominion of others.  Manwë brought her concerns before [[Ilúvatar]] in prayer, and Eru did indeed have pity upon Yavanna: He answered her plea by creating the [[Ents]] to protect the trees.<ref>{{S|Aule}}</ref>
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After the destruction of the Two Trees Yavanna examined their remains and told the other Valar that if she could use the light of the [[Silmarils]] she could heal them.  This light she was denied by the will of [[Fëanor]].<ref>{{S|Darkening}}</ref>  Doing what she and Nienna could, they managed to bring forth one silver flower from Telperion and one golden fruit from [[Laurelin]].  She gave these to her husband Aulë, who fashioned vessels for them and thus creating the [[Moon]] and the [[Sun]].<ref name="Sun"/>
 
After the destruction of the Two Trees Yavanna examined their remains and told the other Valar that if she could use the light of the [[Silmarils]] she could heal them.  This light she was denied by the will of [[Fëanor]].<ref>{{S|Darkening}}</ref>  Doing what she and Nienna could, they managed to bring forth one silver flower from Telperion and one golden fruit from [[Laurelin]].  She gave these to her husband Aulë, who fashioned vessels for them and thus creating the [[Moon]] and the [[Sun]].<ref name="Sun"/>
  
For the [[Men]] who had stood with the Valar in the [[War of Wrath]] the land of [[Andor]] was raised by [[Ossë]], established by Aulë, and enriched by Yavanna.  When the [[Edain]] came to this island they created the realm of [[Númenor]].<ref>{{S|Akallabeth}}</ref>
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For the [[Men]] who had stood with the Valar in the [[War of Wrath]] the land of [[Andor]] was raised by [[Ossë]], established by Aulë, and enriched by Yavanna.  When the [[Edain]] came to this island they created the realm of [[Númenor]].<ref>{{S|Akallabeth}}</ref> In the later centuries, when the Valar decided to send [[Wizards|emissaries]] to the mortal lands, Yavanna begged the Maia [[Curumo]] to take her servant, [[Aiwendil]], with him.<ref>{{UT|Istari}}</ref>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
''Yavanna'' means "Giver of Fruits" in [[Quenya]]. The name is a compound of ''[[yáve]]'' and ''[[anna]]''. Her epithet ''Kementári'' means "Queen of the Earth".<ref name="Vala"/>
 
''Yavanna'' means "Giver of Fruits" in [[Quenya]]. The name is a compound of ''[[yáve]]'' and ''[[anna]]''. Her epithet ''Kementári'' means "Queen of the Earth".<ref name="Vala"/>
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Her [[Sindarin]] name appears to be '''''Ivon''''', only attested in the compound ''[[Yavannildi|Ivonwin]]'' ("Maidens of Yavanna").<ref group=note>The name ''Ivon'' (variant form ''Ifon'') was also the [[Gnomish]] form of [[Qenya]] ''Yavanna''. Cf. {{LT1|Appendix}}, p. 273.</ref> Another form is '''''Ivann'''''<ref>{{PM|XV}}, pp. 404-5, where it is glossed as [[Noldorin]]</ref>, also seen in the Sindarin month-name ''[[Ivanneth]]'' (Quenya: ''[[Yavannië]]'').
  
 
==Other Versions of the Legendarium==
 
==Other Versions of the Legendarium==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
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Yavanna
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Yavanna Kementári (Q, pron. N [jaˈvanːa ˌkemenˈtaːri], V [jaˈβanːa ˌkemenˈtaːri]) was a Valië, one of the Aratar and was next to Varda in reverence. She was the elder "sister" of Vána and the consort of Aulë. She was responsible for all things that grew in the earth . Her usual form was that of a tall woman robed in green.[1] Melian of the Maiar was of her kin.[2]

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History

Yavanna's Trees by Jacek Kopalski

In the beginning of days Yavanna planted the first seeds of Arda and watched over the olvar and all growing things. As Morgoth was corrupting her beloved creatures, she contended with him and supported all the plans against him. After his expulsion from Arda she planted the seeds that she had long devised and life came to Middle-earth, although in the beginning no flowers bloomed.[3] When the Two Lamps were destroyed much of the life on Middle-earth slumbered in the Sleep of Yavanna[4] that lasted until the rising of the Moon and the Sun.[5]

After the destruction of the Two Lamps the Valar withdrew to Aman and created Valinor. Upon the green mound of Ezellohar Yavanna sat and sang while the other Valar sat and listened. Her song, with the aid of the tears of Nienna brought forth the Two Trees, her greatest creation, which gave light to the land. However, Yavanna did not forsake the Outer Lands; at times she would come there and heal the hurts of Morgoth.[3]

After Eru allowed Aulë's creations, the Dwarves, to survive, Yavanna feared that they would cut down all the trees in Middle-earth. Aulë, in reply, told her that even Elves and Men, the true Children of Ilúvatar would have need of her trees as well. Yavanna lamented to Manwë, questioning whether anything she had made would be free from the dominion of others. Manwë brought her concerns before Ilúvatar in prayer, and Eru did indeed have pity upon Yavanna: He answered her plea by creating the Ents to protect the trees.[6]

When the Elves built Tirion upon Tol Eressëa Yavanna fashioned the tree Galathilion, a lesser image of Telperion, for the court beneath the Mindon.[7]

After the destruction of the Two Trees Yavanna examined their remains and told the other Valar that if she could use the light of the Silmarils she could heal them. This light she was denied by the will of Fëanor.[8] Doing what she and Nienna could, they managed to bring forth one silver flower from Telperion and one golden fruit from Laurelin. She gave these to her husband Aulë, who fashioned vessels for them and thus creating the Moon and the Sun.[5]

For the Men who had stood with the Valar in the War of Wrath the land of Andor was raised by Ossë, established by Aulë, and enriched by Yavanna. When the Edain came to this island they created the realm of Númenor.[9] In the later centuries, when the Valar decided to send emissaries to the mortal lands, Yavanna begged the Maia Curumo to take her servant, Aiwendil, with him.[10]

Etymology

Yavanna means "Giver of Fruits" in Quenya. The name is a compound of yáve and anna. Her epithet Kementári means "Queen of the Earth".[1]

Her Sindarin name appears to be Ivon, only attested in the compound Ivonwin ("Maidens of Yavanna").[note 1] Another form is Ivann[11], also seen in the Sindarin month-name Ivanneth (Quenya: Yavannië).

Other Versions of the Legendarium

Yavanna's surname, Kementári, was Palúrien ([paˈluːri.en]) at an earlier stage of writing of The Silmarillion.[12]

See also

Notes

  1. The name Ivon (variant form Ifon) was also the Gnomish form of Qenya Yavanna. Cf. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One, p. 273.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Thingol and Melian"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Aulë and Yavanna"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Darkening of Valinor"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Istari"
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Lembas", pp. 404-5, where it is glossed as Noldorin
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: The Last Chapters of the Quenta Silmarillion", p. 246


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