Yavanna

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Yavanna “Giver of fruits”
also called Kementári, “Queen of the Earth”, spouse of Aulë and older sister of Vána. She is the lover of all things that grow in the earth. As a woman, she is robed in green and tall, but can take other forms. In the beginning of days, Yavanna planted all the seeds and made everything grow in Arda. She also made the two great lamps for lighting Middle-earth. After Melkor broke the lamps, Yavanna sang as she always did, for her songs had growing power. Two great trees grew from her song and those trees were Telperion and Laurelin of Valinor. Yavanna and Aulë’s house was separate from the other houses of the Valar in Valmar (capital of Valinor); it was upon the plain of Valinor. In this court were some of all the trees that grew upon the earth, and a pool of blue water lay among them. There, fruits fell throughout the day and they were gathered by Yavanna’s maids. Her fields, the Pastures of Yavanna were in the South of Valmar near the Woods of Oromë. She was the maker of the Ents, her shepherds, created to protect the trees, which she held dearest among all living things. The wizard Radagast the Brown was originally a Maia named Aiwendil who served Yavanna.

A Song of Yavanna by Elena Kukanova
A Song of Yavanna by Elena Kukanova
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Varda

The Silmarillion » Ainur » Valar

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!