Nornorë played an important role in the afterlife of Men in this early version of the legendarium. Fui would judge Men after they had died, sending some to Mandos or Angamandi, but sending others to Arvalin aboard the ship Mornië. Of those sent to Arvalin, some very few would be retrieved by Nornorë, who brought them by chariot to dwell in Valmar until the Great End.
At the Chaining of Melko, Nornorë ran before Manwë's chariot when the host of the Valar marched against Utumna. As herald of the Gods, he was sent into the depths of Utumna to speak before the seat of Melko with cunning words contrived by the Gods. The ruse worked: Nornorë convinced Melko that the Gods had come to pay him homage. Melko, blinded by his pride, allowed Manwë and the rest of the Gods entry to his halls. Once inside, they were able to capture him and put him in chains.
When the Eldar awoke in Palisor, Nornorë was sent to them by the Gods as Manwë's ambassador. Coming to Koivië-néni, he invited some of them to come with him to Valinor. Isil Inwë, Finwë Nólemë, and Tinwë Lintö heeded his call and he brought the three of them before the Gods, and then returned them to their folk at Koivië-néni. Upon returning, they convinced many of the Eldar to seek the Gods, and Nornorë brought the news to Valinor that the host of the Elves would indeed make the long journey west.
Nornorë, also appearing as Nornoros, is a Qenya name, derived from nornoro- ("run on, run smoothly"). The Gnomish version of his name is Drondor (later Dronúrin). He was also given other names: Qenya Kapalimor (derived from kapalima "bounding, leaping"; Gnomish version Cablin) and Qenya Vastor (derived from vastan "rush, of both noise and speed").
Other versions of the legendarium
Nornorë did not appear in later versions of the legendarium. His role as herald of the Gods came to be filled by Eönwë, and Oromë became the Vala responsible for bringing Ingwë, Finwë, and Elwë to Valinor as representatives of the Eldar and then returning them to Cuiviénen.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "III. The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "IV. The Chaining of Melko"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "V. The Coming of the Elves and the Making of Kôr"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I, p. 263
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 13