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Lëa-vinya (Q.Lëa the Young) was a Maia and the wife of Tulkas in a late revision of the legendarium.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Lëa-vinya was described as being the "highest of the Maiar", along with Estë the Pale, though neither ever attended the councils of the Valar.[note 1][1]

It was said that at a feast during the Spring of Arda, Tulkas espoused Lëa-vinya, who was associated with the maidens of Yavanna, being the fairest of them. Lëa-vinya danced before the Valar as Vána clothed her with the first flowers that bloomed.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Lëa-vinya is Quenya for "Lëa the Young",[1] possibly from the root Lay ("be alive, flourish") and the word Vinya ("young, new") as speculated on Eldamo.[2]


  1. Lëa-vinya is not, however, synonymous with Nessa, the wife of Tulkas in The Silmarillion, since both Lëa and Nessa appeared together in the same writings.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Section 1 (AAm*)", pp. 66-7
  2. Paul Strack, "Q. Lëa-vinya f.", Eldamo (accessed 22 September 2023)