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Halls of Nienna

The halls of Nienna lay at the westernmost border of Aman, near the halls of Mandos. Here dwelt the Vala Nienna and it is said that the windows of her house looked "outward from the walls of the world".[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

As described in an early version of the legendarium, Nienna chose for her dwelling a wide and dark hall in the courts of Mandos. This hall she named Fui, and therein:

before her black chair burnt a brazier with a single flickering coal, and the roof was of bats' wings, and the pillars that upheld it and the walls about were made of basalt.

At Fui was summoned the Men after death, to await their doom.[note 1][2]

Notes

  1. Christopher Tolkien has noted that this conception changes in later versions, where it is instead Mandos who appears as the Doomsman of the Valar ( J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor": "Notes and Commentary", p. 90).

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", p. 77
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