Valwë

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Valwë
Gnome
Biographical Information
Other namesGwalweg (G)
LocationTol Eressëa
Family
ChildrenLindo
Physical Description
GenderMale

Valwë was the father of Lindo, the keeper of the Cottage of Lost Play on Tol Eressëa, according to the early version of the legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales.[1]

History[edit]

Valwë followed the Vala Noldorin back to the Great Lands after the Fall of Gondolin in order to free the Gnomes who lived there under the thralldom of Melko. However, both Noldorin and Valwë were overwhelmed in the Battle of Tasarinan.[2][1]

Evidently he survived the battle, since it was mentioned afterwards by Lindo his son that he settled on Tol Eressëa among other figures such as Tulkastor (the father of Vairë) and Ingil (the son of Inwë).[1]

Etymology[edit]

The name Valwë is in Qenya. Its Gnomish equivalent is Gwalweg. Patrick H. Wynne has suggested that both appear to mean "the happy (or fortunate) one".[3]

Originally the name of the character was Manwë, though according to Christopher Tolkien that might have merely been a slip on his father's part.[4]

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
Wóden[5]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tulkastor
 
 
 
VALWË
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beorn
d. 5th century
 
Eoh
d. 5th century
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
sibling
 
Vairë
 
Lindo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cwén
fl. 5th century
 
Eriol
fl. 5th century
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Naimi*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hengest
fl. 5th century
 
Horsa
fl. 5th century
 
Heorrenda
fl. 5th century
 
Hendwine*
fl. 5th century
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

* The name of Hendwine's mother is not Naimi but Nelmir in the text on which the basis of his inclusion is founded upon - neither is her relation to Lindo and Vairë elaborated on.[6]

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