January 7, 2001 - The ValaquentaOnce again Mae Govennan all,
First off may I wish you all and Happy, prosperous and productive New Year. As we think at this time of the year what is ahead for us, I wish to take a step into the past and explain to you a bit of the History of the lands we travel and in particular the Valar who fulfilled the creation of Ea. (note: This is the real history not mume's).
In the Lore of the Elves called the Valaquenta it is written...
"Then those of the Ainur who desired it arose and entered into the world at the beginning of Time; and it was their task to achieve it,... Long they laboured in the regions of Ea, which are vast beyond the thought of Elves or Men, until in the time appointed was made Arda, the Kingdom of the Earth. Then they put on the raiment of the Earth and descended into it and dwelt therein."
"The Great among these spirits the Elves name the Valar, the Powers of Arda, and men have often called them gods..... The names of the Lords (of the Valar, called Vala) are in due order: Manwe, Ulmo, Aule, Orome, Mandos, Lorien and Tulkas; and the names of the Queens (of the Valar, called Valier) are Vada, Yavanna, Nienna, Este, Vaire, Vana, and Nessa. Melkor is counted no longer among the Valar and his name is not spoken upon the Earth."
I shall digress a little here to describe why this is so, as is explained in the Ainulindale .
In this way Melkor corrupted the Music and though
Iluvatar thrice redeemed the Song (which in the
History of Middle Earth may correspond to the 3 ages of the world),
the theme differed and Melkor's thoughts became the fell things of the
World. In a later Age the Ainur fought with Melkor before the coming of
the Children of Iluvatar (being the Elves) and banished him forever.
(Though as we see in this Age his power and corruption lives through his
.) Back to the Valar now.....
The spouse of Aule is Yavanna, Giver of Fruits and by the Eldar she is named Kementari, Queen of the Earth. She is second to Varda and cares for all things that grow on Earth.
Next are the Feanturi, Masters of Spirits. They are brethren and called most often Mandos and Lorien, though these are the places of the dwelling and their true names are Namo and Irmo. Namo lives in Mandos (which we all would know quite well) and is Keeper of the Houses of the Dead and summoner of spirits that were slain. Vaire the Weaver is his spouse. She weaves the History of the world and clothes the walls of Mandos with her tapestries..
Irmo, the younger, is the Master of Visions and Dreams. His gardens, called Lorien, are the fairest in all Ea. Este , his spouse, is the healer of hurts and weariness. The Vala come to Lorien to find easing of the Burden of Arda.
Mightier then Este is Nienna, sister of the Feanturi. Alone she dwells and grieves for the wounds of Arda caused by Melkor . All those who wait in Mandos cry to her, for she brings strength and wisdom to suffering.
Tulkas is the greatest in Strength and prowess. He is surnamed Astaldo, the Valiant. He delights in contests of Strength and wrestling and faster can he run then all other things of Iluvatar's thought. He laughs always, even into the face of Melkor's rage. Nessa , his spouse, also is fleetfooted and a lover of deer and dance.
Orome is a mighty lord. Less strong then Tulkas but awesome and dreadful in anger. He loved the lands of Middle Earth. Often he rode his steed, Nahar, to battle the monsters and fell beasts of Melkor's creation. He is called Aldaron or by the Sindar Tauron. He carries a great horn, the Valaroma. His spouse is Vana , the Ever-young, sister of Yavanna. Flowers spring at her coming and birds sing as she passes them by.
These are the Valar and Valier as the Eldar, the Firstborn beheld them in Valinor. Among them were nine of chief power, but now only eight remain, these are called the Aratar, the High Ones of Arda: Manwe and Varda, Ulmo, Yavanna and Aule, Mandos Nienna and Orome. Though Manwe is their King they are equal in majesty and are beyond compare of all others.
For your travels and dealings in Middle Earth remember your creator and the Valar who brought into being the lands you walk upon and the creatures and plants you see and often destroy. In particular, take note of the Vala or Valier that would hold closest likeness to your own heart. All elves should honoured Elbereth, the Noldor in particular should be thoughtful to Aule for his teachings and likewise the Dwarves should 'worship' their Creator, Mahal. A hunter and tracker should look to Orome for inspiration and a warrior to Tulkas. An evil one to the likes of Melkor (though do remember his name is never spoken on Earth). Each to his own as they say.
In conclusion, my reference is The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolikien. I apologise for the lack of accents, but I am unable to type them. Refer to The Silmarillion of the characters by these names in Mume for the correct accents. For more information or comments please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I wish you well and may you find in your heart the kindling of the Secret Fire.