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Wells of Varda

Wells of Varda
Roger Garland - Two Trees of Valinor.jpg
"Two Trees of Valinor" by Roger Garland
LocationValinor
OwnerValar
AppearanceShining lakes
CreatorVarda
"...and the dews of Telperion and the rain that fell from Laurelin Varda hoarded in great vats like shining lakes, that were to all the land of the Valar as wells of water and of light."
Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Beginning of Days"

The Wells of Varda were the great vats beneath the Two Trees in Valinor created by Varda to store the dew that fell from Laurelin and Telperion.[1] When the Valië knew that the Awakening of the Elves was near, she used the light from the vats of Telperion to create renowned stars and constellations.[2]

The Wells were drained by Ungoliant in the Darkening of Valinor, and while drinking she grew to such a size that even Melkor feared her.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Darkening of Valinor"