|Other names||Nyenna, Heskil, Núri, Qalmë-Tári, Fui|
|Position||Lady of pity and mourning|
|Location||Halls of Nienna|
|Affiliation||Close to Olórin|
|Gallery||Images of Nienna|
The sister of the Fëanturi, she is ranked as one of the eight Aratar, the most powerful of the Valar. Her element is grief, ever mourning for the wounds of the world by evil. Those who listen to her learn wisdom and endurance in grief.
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 travelled to the joyful city of Valmar; those in the Halls of Waiting who cried to her, and she went more often to the halls of her brother Mandos to comfort and counsel them.
All that is known about her appearance is that she wore a grey hood.
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.
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.
Other versions of the legendarium
In the Book of Lost Tales, other names of Nienna recorded were:
- Nyenna [ˈɲenːa]
- Fui (Q: "Night", [fuɪ]), though this is more correctly the name of her dwelling.
- Heskil (Qenya: "Winter One", [ˈheskil])
- Núri (Qenya: "Sighing One", [ˈnuːri])
- Qalmë-Tári (Qenya: "Mistress of Death", [ˌkʷalmeˈtaːri])
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
- ↑ 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"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Maiar"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
- ↑ , entry NEI
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One
- ↑ 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
|Valar||Lords|| Manwë · Ulmo · Aulë · Oromë · Mandos · Irmo · Tulkas · |
|Queens||Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa|
|Maiar||Arien · Eönwë · Ilmarë · Melian · Ossë · Salmar · Tilion · Uinen|
|Wizards||Saruman · Gandalf · Radagast · Blue Wizards|
|Evil||Sauron · Balrogs (Gothmog · Durin's Bane) · Boldogs|
|Music · Valarin · Almaren · Valinor · Valmar · Second Music • italics indicates Aratar|