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Tulkas
Vala
Biographical Information
Other namesTulukhastāz, Astaldo, Tulcus, The Valiant, The Strong
PositionChampion of the Valar
LocationValinor
Family
SpouseNessa
Physical Description
GenderMale
Hair colorGolden (hair and beard)[1]

Tulkas was a Vala. He was the most warlike of the Valar and the spouse of Nessa.

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[edit] Attributes

Tulkas delighted in fighting, wrestling and deeds of prowess and strength. He was strong and quick that he needed no weapon or steed. Tulkas was not dreadful, but he laughed loudly in sport and war[2] and his anger dispeled darkness and clouds.[3]

Tulkas was however mindless and did not learn from the past; always quick in action, he is not good in counselling.[2][4]

He was a hardy friend and slow to wrath, but also slow to forgive.

His flesh was ruddy and his hair golden, like his beard.[2]

[edit] History

Tulkas was the last of the Ainur to descend into Arda 1499 Valian Years after the others came to Arda. He heard of their First War with Melkor and came to them from the far heavens. But for his arrival, the Dark Lord might have defeated the Valar. [5] Hearing the sound of Tulkas' laughter and beholding his wrath, Melkor fled before him, and the Spring of Arda was begun.[3]

After the Two Lamps were erected and the Valar had made their first dwelling at Almaren, Tulkas wedded Nessa in a great feast. Being weary and content he slept, and Melkor decided his hour to retaliate had come.

Tulkas also tended to be impatient; before the Awakening of the Elves he urged the other Valar to wage war against Melkor. After the Darkening of Valinor he also hurried Fëanor to take a decision about surrendering the Silmarils.

It is said that in the Dagor Dagorath, Tulkas will once more oppose Melkor, and will directly fight him in the battle and play a large role in assisting in his defeat. The victor is unknown, as it will be supposedly by the hand of Túrin that Melkor is slain once and for all.[6]

[edit] Etymology

The name Tulkas (pron. [ˈtulkas]) means in Quenya "strong, steadfast".[7] Tulukhastāz ("the golden-haried")[note 1] was the original Valarin name for Tulkas.[8]

In Noldorin, his name is Tulcus ([ˈtulkus]).[7]

[edit] Other names

He was also called Astaldo (Q: "the Valiant", pron. [asˈtaldo]).[1] Astaldo replaced the earlier name Poldórëa.[9][10]

In Eriol's Old English translations, Tulkas is referred as Afodfrea "Strength-ruler".[11]

In an early manuscript, Tolkien suggested a surname of Tulkas: Ender.[12]

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

In some versions it is said that Tulkas was of the spirits who didn't come into Ea. In other versions, it is said that Tulkas was one of the spirits who entered the vast regions of Ea, until he came to Arda to help Manwe.[13]

Notes

  1. Tulukhastāz is said to consist of the Valarin elements tulukha(n) ("yellow") and (a)šata- ("hair of head").

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  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 Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, VI. Quenta Silmarillion", p. 206 §7
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: The History of the Silmarils"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, VI. Quenta Silmarillion", p. 333
  7. 7.0 7.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One, p. 270
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language': Note on the 'Language of the Valar'", p. 399
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The History of Middle-earth Index, p. 361
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 181 (forms: Poldórea, Poldor, Poldomo)
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Shaping of Middle-earth, "III. The Quenta: Appendix 1: Fragments of a translation of The Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English, made by Ælfwine or Eriol; together with Old English equivalents of Elvish names"
  12. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part One" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 45, November 2003, p. 11
  13. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: First section of the Annals of Aman"


Ainur
Valar
Lords:  Manwë · Ulmo · Aulë · Oromë · Mandos · Irmo · Tulkas
Queens:  Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa
Former:  Melkor
Associated Maiar
Manwë Eönwë · Olórin Varda Ilmarë · Olórin · Arien
Ulmo Ossë · Uinen · Salmar Yavanna Aiwendil
Aulë Mairon · Curumo Estë Melian
Oromë Tilion · Alatar · Pallando Vána
Other Maiar
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Wizards Saruman · Gandalf · Radagast · Blue Wizards (Rómestámo · Morinehtar)
Topics
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