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When war with the Great Enemy, [[Morgoth]], came to their land, she used her powers to guard and defend it with a protection called ''List Melian'', or "the [[Girdle of Melian]]" and their kingdom was known as [[Doriath]], the Land of the Fence. This prevented anyone less powerful than Melian from entering the kingdom. However, with the foresight of a Maia, she predicted that one day someone more powerful would be able to enter. When Beren arrived as foretold, she counseled King Thingol against sending Beren to search for a [[Silmaril]], which would eventually lead to Doriath's ruin. This was one of many instances in which she proved, through her wisdom and powers of foresight, to be wiser than her husband, and an effective queen of her land. The great evil wolf [[Carcharoth]] also passed the Girdle, as the power of the Silmaril let him.  
 
When war with the Great Enemy, [[Morgoth]], came to their land, she used her powers to guard and defend it with a protection called ''List Melian'', or "the [[Girdle of Melian]]" and their kingdom was known as [[Doriath]], the Land of the Fence. This prevented anyone less powerful than Melian from entering the kingdom. However, with the foresight of a Maia, she predicted that one day someone more powerful would be able to enter. When Beren arrived as foretold, she counseled King Thingol against sending Beren to search for a [[Silmaril]], which would eventually lead to Doriath's ruin. This was one of many instances in which she proved, through her wisdom and powers of foresight, to be wiser than her husband, and an effective queen of her land. The great evil wolf [[Carcharoth]] also passed the Girdle, as the power of the Silmaril let him.  
  
In Doriath she also became a friend and tutor of [[Galadriel]] to whom she taught the art of [[lembas]]-baking which she knew from her mistress, Yavanna. She eventually questioned Galadriel on how and why the Noldor had returned, upon which Galadriel told her only some of the story. Therefore she was the first to glean the truth, perceiving more than Galadriel was willing to tell, and she warned Thingol against dealing with the sons of Fëanor. After the departure of Lúthien and Beren, she aided [[Túrin]] and his mother and sister. She provided [[Beleg]] with some way-bread, [[lembas]], for him and the exiled Túrin, showing great favor because never before was lembas given to a Man and seldom was it again. But she also foresaw his doom in his quest for Túrin. When [[Húrin]] returned, she was the one to lift the spell of Morgoth from him.
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In Doriath she also became a friend and tutor of [[Galadriel]] to whom she taught the art of [[lembas]]-baking which she knew from her mistress, Yavanna. She eventually questioned Galadriel on how and why the Noldor had returned, upon which Galadriel told her only some of the story. Therefore she was the first to glean the truth, perceiving more than Galadriel was willing to tell, and she warned Thingol against dealing with the sons of Fëanor. After the departure of Lúthien and Beren, she aided Túrin and his mother and sister. She provided [[Beleg]] with some way-bread, [[lembas]], showing great favor because never before was lembas given to a Man and seldom was it again. But she also foresaw his doom in his quest for [[Túrin]]. When [[Húrin]] returned, she was the one to lift the spell of Morgoth from him.
  
 
Thingol's arrogance eventually resulted to his death in the [[Battle of the Thousand Caves]]. Melian then vanished from the mortal lands, passing to Valinor, where she mourned the loss of her husband in the [[Halls of Mandos]] and her daughter to the unknown fate of the [[Gift of Men]]. In her absence Doriath was opened to its enemies.
 
Thingol's arrogance eventually resulted to his death in the [[Battle of the Thousand Caves]]. Melian then vanished from the mortal lands, passing to Valinor, where she mourned the loss of her husband in the [[Halls of Mandos]] and her daughter to the unknown fate of the [[Gift of Men]]. In her absence Doriath was opened to its enemies.

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