Varda

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Varda “The Exalted”
Queen of the Valar. Other names include: Elbereth (“Star Queen” in Sindarin), Gilthoniel (“Star kindler” in Sindarin), Elentári (“Star Queen” in Quenya), Tintallë (“Star kindler” in Quenya), Fanuilos (“Ever-white” in Sindarin).

She is the greatest of the Vala, her spouse is Manwë and dwells with him in Taniquetil, the highest mountain in Valinor. Varda is said to be too beautiful for words and hears more clearly than all other ears. She created the stars and constellations including the Valacirca, seven stars set in the sky. It was also called “Durin’s Crown” and was the symbol on the door of Moria. Melkor fears and hates Varda the most out of the Valar.

Varda and Manwe in Valinor by Ted Nasmith
Varda and Manwe in Valinor by Ted Nasmith

The Elves were especially fond of Varda and often praise her in songs. Some more famous hymns include:

A Elbereth Gilthoniel
silivren penna míriel
o menel aglar elenath!
Na-chaered paln-díriel
o galadhremmin ennorath
Fanuilos le linnathon
nef aear, si nef aearon!

Samwise’s Praise to Elbereth:
A Elbereth Gilthoniel
o menel palan-díriel,
le nallon sí di’nguruthos!
A tíro nin, Fanuilos!

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