Sleep of Yavanna

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Sleep of Yavanna
Event Information
Other namesPeace of Arda
Part ofYears of the Trees
ParticipantsAnimals and plants
DescriptionAn event in which the creations of Yavanna fell silent for ages

The Sleep of Yavanna was a period of the very ancient times of Arda, marked by darkness and stillness of nature.


The two great Lamps of the Valar which were giving light to the World during the Spring of Arda were destroyed by Melkor along with the Valar's dwellings on Almaren, driving them away into the West.[1] Thus the Great Lands were left in darkness, and Yavanna protected the creatures living there by setting them to sleep and they did not grow or age until light should come again.[2] However, some forests seem to keep growing even in that darkness: when Thingol and Melian fell in their enraptured spell, "the trees of Nan Elmoth grew tall and dark before they spoke any word".[3]


While the Valar were preparing the bliss of Valinor bathed in the light of the Two Trees, Middle-earth was in darkness and silence, and fell beasts of hideous form multiplied in Utumno. It was Ulmo who did not forsake the Outer Lands and kept the earth alive. Yavanna also came healing the hurts of Melkor, and Orome hunted monsters, and kept the shadows at bay while blowing the Valaróma, albeit temporarily.[1]

It was during the Sleep of Yavanna when Aulë in his impatience created the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves under the mountains of Middle-earth. As Middle-earth was dark and dangerous, Aulë made his children robust and sturdy.[4]

Varda created new stars and the Elves awoke. Only Dwarves and Elves roamed Middle-earth which was lit only by the stars, and most creatures were sleeping.[2] Most life could be found in Doriath under the guidance of Melian and in the North where Orcs and other creatures of the Enemy multiplied.[5]

After the Long Night, it was the rising of the Sun that finally returned light to Middle-earth and a Second Spring of Arda.

See also


Preceded by:
Spring of Arda
Major events of Middle-earth
V.Y. 3450 - F.A. 1
Followed by:
Second Spring of Arda