Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Your Pseudonym

You have been given the name of a figure from Tolkien's Middle-earth mythology to use as your pseudonym for work on this blog. Look up your pseudonym and write a brief description of who/what your mythological character is. Tell us whatever you can learn of the story of your character. If you really get inspired, feel free to add an image to your description!

12 comments:

Vana said...

Vana, or Ever-Young, is a Valar whose name means "beautiful one." Valar are Ainur, or Holy Ones, the first beings to be created by Iluvatar at the beginning of world. Vana keeps gardens, and included in her works is tending the Two Trees - Telperion and Laurelin. She is married to Orome, a great Valar hunter with a bow of silver. In the Silmarillion, it is said that "All flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming."

Aulë said...

Aulë, meaning "Invention", is one of the Valar and is also known as the Great Smith, Mahal ("Maker"), and Oli ("Dream"). He is wed to Yavanna, the Giver of Fruits and source of all plant life. Of all the Valar, Aulë is, perhaps, the closest in power to Illuvatar because of his ability to create. He crafted the materials from which Arda was created as well as the Two Lamps of the Valar which are the vessels of the Sun and the Moon and Angainor, the chain of Melkor.
It was under the tutelage of Aulë that the Elves of Valinor learned gem-crafting, leading to the creation of the Silmarils. In his impatience for the creation of the children of Illuvatar, Aulë made the Dwarves and nearly destroyed them as penance for his impatience, but they were saved when Illuvatar granted them spirits and ordered Aulë to put them to sleep until after the Awakening of the Elves.

Oromë said...

Oromë, so named for the great horn he carried, was one of the Valar, the brother of Nessa and the husband of Vana. He was a great huntsman, especially with a bow and a spear, and many of his other names translate to some variation of "Lord of Hunters" or "Lord of the Forests." After the rest of the Valar had withdrawn from Middle-earth, Oromë continued to hunt there on occasion, unwilling to forsake the lands he dearly loved. He was the one who initially found the elves when they awoke at Cuivienen, and he accompanied them to Beleriand. Oromë is also known for his great steed, Nahar, and his love of horses. In fact, the horse-lords of Rohan claimed that their horses were descended from animals brought out of the west by Oromë.

Melian said...

There Melian came, the Lady grey,

and dark and long her tresses lay,
beneath her silver girdle seat

and down unto her silver feet.


A Maia with name meanin Beloved.

In the Years of the Trees, she journeyed from the gardens of Lórien to Middle-Earth, where she encountered Thingol in the woods of Nan Elmoth. He fell in love with her, and was away from his band for many years. Some of his followers attempted to locate him, the rest continued to Valinor. Together the formed the kingdom Doriath in Middle-earth.

Melian and Thingol had a daughter Lúthien, heralded as the most beautiful of the Children of Ilúvitar. Lúthien went on to marry a Man, Baren, and so passed the Maian blood of Melian to both Elves and Men.

After Thingol's death, she vanished from Middle-earth, passing to Valinor, where she mourned the loss of her husband to the Halls of Mandos and the loss of her daughter to the unknown fate of human death.

Lórien said...

The name Lórien can refer to three different things. Perhaps the most well known is the Golden Wood east of the Misty Mountains which is often called Lórien. The true name of the wood is, however, Lothlórien. The name Lothlórien is derived from the true Lórien which is an ancient garden in the Undying Lands. Lórien is also a sort of nickname for a Vala called Irmo. Irmo lived in and maintained Lórien with the help of his wife, Estë. Known as the Master of Dreams Irmo decided to call himself Lórien, which translates as "Dreamland." Lórien and Estë created an environment of peace and restoration in which all Valar, Maiar, and Eldar came for physical and spiritual healing. Prior to becoming the Istari named Gandalf, the Maia Olórin often lived and studied here under the care of Irmo's sister, Nienna the Compassionate.

Estë said...


Estë is one of the Valier, or the Seven Queens of Valar. She is the wife of Irmo. They live in Lórien, the most beautiful place in all of Arda, or the Realm. She spends the daytime resting on an island in the shadowy lake of Lórellin, always wearing grey. Estë is known for her ability to cure weariness and injury.
“Estë,” Tolkien Gateway, http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Est%C3%AB

Arien said...

Arien was a Maia of the Vana, from the very beginning she had a spirit of fire. Even the elves could not look into her eyes because they were so bright. Arien never bothered to heed the sway of Melkor. In fact the servants of Melkor were all terrified to face her. When the Two Trees of Valinor were destroyed Arien took the last fruit of Laurelin to the Heavens. Arien means "Maiden of Sunlight" and mortal men liked her the most of all the Maiar.

Manwë said...

Manwë, meaning Blessed One, was the most celebrated of the Ainur. Hailed as the Elder King, High King of Arda, and the Lord of the West, his authority was unquestioned and his power rivaled by only one other. Though he was a generous and loving leader, his trusting nature lead to a significant and disastrous underestimation of the potential influence of evil, even when such an influence was apparent in his own brother, Melkor. In good faith, Manwë released Melkor from the keeper of souls- only to be met with chaos. The War of Wrath ensued, leading to the Final Battle in which Manwë continues to battle both the Dark Lords Melkor and Sauron until the end of time, at which point prophecy states that Túrin Turambar will defeat Melkor once and for all.

Manwë said...

Manwë also has a pretty awesome twitter account @ActualManwe, several others also have accounts- @ActualVarda and @ActualMelkor

Sabellion said...
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Yavanna said...

Yavanna is the Queen of earth, one of the Aratar. Elebereth Gilthoniel was her sister, and the only one worshiped and revered than herself. She's known as the Giver of Fruits, and Protector of Plants. It was through her demands that the Ents were created, to protect the woodlands and it is her power that grows all plant like things.

She is commonly described as a tall, pale woman with green clothing. Her name is derived from Quenya, and the words Yave and Anna. In Sindarin, her name is known as Ivon as derived from her maidens, Ivonwin.

Ossë said...

Ossë is one of the Maia, and he serves Ulmo, the King of the Sea. Ossë means "terror," which is appropriate because of his volatile personality and the storms he creates. He is married to Uinen, who is able to help keep his temper under control. Early in Arda's history, Ossë turned to Melkor (who would later become Morgoth). During this time, Ossë began creating the dangerous sea storms for which he is known. Uinen, however, persuaded Ossë to turn back to Ulmo. Though he no longer served Melkor, Ossë continued to generate tempests.