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'''Nienna''' was a Queen of the [[Valar]], the sister of [[Námo]] and [[Irmo]]. She ranked as one of the eight [[Aratar]], the most powerful of the Valar. Nienna dwelt alone on the western borders of the World.  
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'''Nienna''' was a Queen of the [[Valar]], the sister of [[Mandos]] and [[Irmo]], acquainted with grief and sorrow but also pity and courage.
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The sister of the [[Fëanturi]], she is ranked as one of the eight [[Aratar]], the most powerful of the Valar. Her element is grief and she is ever mourning for the wounds of the world by evil. Those who listen to her learn wisdom and endurance in grief.<ref name=SIIb>{{S|IIb}}</ref>
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Her [[Halls of Nienna|halls]] are in the distant west, close to the [[Halls of Mandos]], but on the western borders of the World, and her windows look outward from the [[Walls of the World]]. She dwells alone and rarely travels to the joyful city of [[Valmar]]. She goes more often to the halls of her brother [[Mandos]] to comfort and counsel those in the [[Halls of Waiting]] who cry to her.<ref name=SIIb/>
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All that is known about her appearance is that she wears a grey hood.<ref name=S9>{{S|9}}: "cast back her grey hood"</ref>
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==History==
 
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Her part in the [[Music of the Ainur]] was one of deep sadness, and from this grief entered the world in its beginning.<ref name=SIIb/>
  
Grief and mourning were Nienna's province; in her halls in the distant west, she wept for the suffering of [[Arda]]. Her part in the [[Music of the Ainur]] was one of deep sadness, and from this grief entered the world in its beginning.
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The [[Maiar|Maia]] [[Gandalf#Names|Olórin]], who was later to travel to [[Middle-earth]] as [[Gandalf]], learned much from her.<ref>{{S|IIc}}</ref>
  
She taught pity and endurance; though she rarely travelled to the joyful city of [[Valmar]], she went more often to the halls of her brother [[Mandos]] to comfort and counsel those in the [[Halls of Mandos|Halls of Waiting]]. The [[Maiar|Maia]] [[Gandalf#Names|Olórin]], who was later to travel to [[Middle-earth]] as [[Gandalf]], learned much from her.
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Nienna played a part in the making of the [[Two Trees of Valinor]]; she wept on the mound of [[Ezellohar]], watering it with her tears.<ref>{{S|1}}</ref> After the destruction of the Trees by [[Morgoth|Melkor]], she once again wept on their wounded remains, cleansing the filth of [[Ungoliant]], and helping to bring forth the last fruit and flower that were to become the [[Sun]] and the [[Moon]].<ref name=S9/>
  
Nienna played a part in the making of the [[Two Trees of Valinor]]; she wept on the mound of [[Ezellohar]], watering it with her tears. After the destruction of the Trees by [[Melkor]], she once again wept on their wounded remains, cleansing the filth of [[Ungoliant]], and helping to bring forth the last fruit and flower that were to become the [[Sun]] and the [[Moon]].
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The pity of Nienna is most clearly seen in her support for Melkor when he sued for the pardon of the Valar. Though she spent her time in the world mourning for the destruction he wrought in Arda, when he sued for release after his three ages of Captivity, Nienna spoke on his part.<ref>{{S|6}}</ref>
  
The pity of Nienna is most clearly seen in her support for Melkor when he sued for the pardon of the Valar. Though she spent her time in the world mourning for the destruction he has wreaked in Arda, when he sued for release after his three ages of Captivity, Nienna spoke on his part.
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==Etymology==
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''Nienna'' is a [[Quenya]] name which contains the word ''nie'' ("tear").<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, entry "NEI"</ref>
  
Of Nienna's appearance we have almost no knowledge. The only hint is in the ''[[Quenta Silmarillion]]'', where she "cast back her grey hood".<ref>{{S|9}}</ref>
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==Genealogy==
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{{familytree| VAI |~| MAN | | NIE | | IRM |~| EST | |VAI=[[Vairë]]|MAN=[[Mandos]]|NIE='''NIENNA'''|IRM=[[Irmo]]|EST=[[Estë]]}}
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==Names==
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==Other versions of the Legendarium==
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In the ''[[The Book of Lost Tales (disambiguation)|Book of Lost Tales]]'', other names of Nienna recorded were:
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*'''''Nyenna''''' {{IPA|[ˈɲenːa]}}<ref>{{LT1|Appendix}}</ref>
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*'''''Fui''''' ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Night", {{IPA|[fuɪ]}}), though this is more correctly the name of [[Halls of Nienna#Other versions of the legendarium|her dwelling]].
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*'''''Heskil''''' ([[Qenya]]: "Winter One", {{IPA|[ˈheskil]}})<ref name=LT1/>
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*'''''Núri''''' ([[Qenya]]: "Sighing One", {{IPA|[ˈnuːri]}})<ref name=LT1/>
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*'''''Qalmë-Tári''''' ([[Qenya]]: "Mistress of Death", {{IPA|[ˌkʷalmeˈtaːri]}})<ref name=LT1>{{LT1|III}}, p. 66</ref>
  
''Nienna'' is a [[Quenya]] name meaning "She Who Weeps" (pronounced {{IPA|[niˈenːa]}}). Her other recorded names were:
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The importance of Nienna increased along the development of the Legendarium, and even in ''[[The Annals of Aman]]'', she is referred to as the sister of [[Manwë]] and [[Melkor]].<ref>{{AA|3}}</ref>
*'''''Nyenna''''' {{IPA|[ˈɲenːa]}}; [[Sindarin]] form '''''Ninir''''' ({{IPA|[ˈninir]}}).
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*'''''Heskil''''' ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Winter One", {{IPA|[ˈheskil]}})
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*'''''Núri''''' ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Sighing One", {{IPA|[ˈnuːri]}})
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*'''''Qalmë-Tári''''' ([[Qenya|Q]]: "Mistress of Death", {{IPA|[ˌkʷalmeˈtaːri]}})
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*Nienna is also called '''''Fui''''' ([[Quenya|Q]]: "Night", {{IPA|[fuɪ]}}), though this is more correctly the name of her dwelling.
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Latest revision as of 10:34, 11 February 2020

Nienna
Vala
Aerankai - Nienna.png
"Nienna" by Aerankai
Biographical Information
PositionLady of pity and mourning
LocationHalls of Nienna
AffiliationClose to Olórin
Family
SiblingsMandos, Irmo
Physical Description
GenderFemale
ClothingGrey hood
GalleryImages of Nienna

Nienna was a Queen of the Valar, the sister of Mandos and Irmo, acquainted with grief and sorrow but also pity and courage.

Contents

[edit] Attributes

The sister of the Fëanturi, she is ranked as one of the eight Aratar, the most powerful of the Valar. Her element is grief and she is ever mourning for the wounds of the world by evil. Those who listen to her learn wisdom and endurance in grief.[1]

Her halls are in the distant west, close to the Halls of Mandos, but on the western borders of the World, and her windows look outward from the Walls of the World. She dwells alone and rarely travels to the joyful city of Valmar. She goes more often to the halls of her brother Mandos to comfort and counsel those in the Halls of Waiting who cry to her.[1]

All that is known about her appearance is that she wears a grey hood.[2]

[edit] History

Her part in the Music of the Ainur was one of deep sadness, and from this grief entered the world in its beginning.[1]

The Maia Olórin, who was later to travel to Middle-earth as Gandalf, learned much from her.[3]

Nienna played a part in the making of the Two Trees of Valinor; she wept on the mound of Ezellohar, watering it with her tears.[4] After the destruction of the Trees by Melkor, she once again wept on their wounded remains, cleansing the filth of Ungoliant, and helping to bring forth the last fruit and flower that were to become the Sun and the Moon.[2]

The pity of Nienna is most clearly seen in her support for Melkor when he sued for the pardon of the Valar. Though she spent her time in the world mourning for the destruction he wrought in Arda, when he sued for release after his three ages of Captivity, Nienna spoke on his part.[5]

[edit] Etymology

Nienna is a Quenya name which contains the word nie ("tear").[6]

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vairë
 
Mandos
 
NIENNA
 
Irmo
 
Estë
 
 
 


[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

In the Book of Lost Tales, other names of Nienna recorded were:

  • Nyenna [ˈɲenːa][7]
  • Fui (Q: "Night", [fuɪ]), though this is more correctly the name of her dwelling.
  • Heskil (Qenya: "Winter One", [ˈheskil])[8]
  • Núri (Qenya: "Sighing One", [ˈnuːri])[8]
  • Qalmë-Tári (Qenya: "Mistress of Death", [ˌkʷalmeˈtaːri])[8]

The importance of Nienna increased along the development of the Legendarium, and even in The Annals of Aman, she is referred to as the sister of Manwë and Melkor.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor": "cast back her grey hood"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Maiar"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", entry "NEI"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", p. 66
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "The Annals of Aman": §3