This discussion forum is hosted by the UNM Hobbit Society at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, USA. The purpose of our group is to meet and associate with others interested in Tolkien, and to learn more about the author, his written works, and his sources through discussion, guest lectures and academically-oriented activities. This blog is intended to expand discussion among UNM Hobbit Society members beyond what meeting times allow.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Varda, Lady of the Stars
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Varda, Queen of the Valar and Lady of the Stars, also known as Elbereth Gilthoniel, is the most beautiful and well loved of the Valar. Varda is most loved by the elves and lives with her husband, Manwe, near whom her powers are at their strongest. As Lady of the Stars, the elves often sing hymns to her and she often answers prayers, as she holds essentially the light of God in her face. Varda is the creator of the stars and the cause of the sun and moon's rotations. Perhaps the most important conflict present in Varda's story involves Melkor, whom the Valar defeated in order to keep the elves safe.
I look forward to learning more about the Queen of the Valar and am honored to temporarily present my name as hers to you.