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|Aliases||Steersman of the Moon|
Tilion [ˈtili.on] is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. He appears in The Silmarillion .
The Valar chose Tilion from among the Maiar to steer the island of the Moon.
In the Days of the Trees in Valinor, the young Tilion had been a hunter from the company of Oromë. In terms of power, he is said to be less mighty than Arien. Arien was chosen to guide the Sun, while Tilion was chosen to guide the Moon.
Tolkien portrays Tilion as reckless at times, and as one who does not always follow the correct path. This causes the Moon to not always be in the sky at the same time as the Sun or to not appear at all.
In writings by Tolkien alluded to in the published Silmarillion, Tilion is said to have been in love with Arien, and because he sought her out he came too close to the immense heat of the Sun, and the Moon was scarred.
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Celeborn is a fictional character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Celeborn is an Elf, and the husband of Galadriel. He appears in The Lord of the Rings as the Lord of the Galadhrim, and co-ruler along with Galadriel of Lothlórien. He was the father of Celebrían, and thus the grandfather of Arwen Evenstar and her older brothers Elladan and Elrohir. He was also a kinsman of the First Age Elven King Thingol. Celeborn means "(tall) silver tree" in Tolkien's invented language of Sindarin.
Manwë[ˈmanwe] is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. He appears in The Silmarillion. Manwë was the King of the Valar, husband of Varda Elentári, was conceived in the thought of Iluvatar as a brother of Melkor, and King of Arda. He lived atop Mount Taniquetil, the highest mountain of the world, in the halls of Ilmarin, in the realm of Valinor. The winds, airs and birds were his servants, and he was lord of air, wind, and clouds in Arda. He was the noblest and greatest in authority of the Valar, and less powerful only than Melkor. He's been described as the spokesman of divine will in Tolkien's work.
Ulmo[ˈulmo] is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. He first appears in The Silmarillion as a god or Vala of the Elven pantheon. Ulmo is a title, which means He who pours. He is also known as King of the Sea and Lord of Waters. Ulmo is similar to the god Poseidon in Greek mythology, Neptune in Roman mythology, Ægir or Njordr in Norse mythology, and Manannan in Celtic mythology. Ulmo was one of the chief architects of Arda.
Ossë is a character in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. He is introduced in The Silmarillion as an angelic being known as a Maia, associated with Ulmo, one of the Valar.
Aman is a fictional place in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, also known as the Undying Lands, the Blessed Realm or the Uttermost West, the last sometimes simply the West. It is the home of revered immortal beings: the Valar, and three kindreds of Elves: the Vanyar, some of the Noldor, and some of the Teleri.
In the fictional universe of J. R. R. Tolkien, Calaquendi refers to the Elves who journeyed to Aman before the First Age of the Sun. This group includes all of the Vanyar and Noldor clans, as well as some of the Teleri.
Fëanor is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium who plays an important part in The Silmarillion. He was the eldest son of Finwë, the High King of the Noldor, and his first wife Míriel Serindë. Fëanor's mother, Míriel, died shortly after giving birth, having given all her strength and essence to him. "For Fëanor was made the mightiest in all parts of body and mind: in valour, in endurance, in beauty, in understanding, in skill, in strength and subtlety alike: of all the Children of Ilúvatar, and a bright flame was in him."
The Dagor Dagorath is a fictional battle described in the legendarium of J. R. R. Tolkien. As Tolkien's works were conceived as a fictional "forgotten history" of the world, the Dagor Dagorath represents the coming End of the World, and is often referred to as simply "The End". As Tolkien originally wrote it, The Silmarillion ends with a prophecy by Mandos about the end of the world. The published Silmarillion ends instead with the last paragraph of Valaquenta. This was because Tolkien had abandoned the idea of the "second prophecy of Mandos", and the Valaquenta text, much later, contradicted it openly. However, references to the final battle remain in the published Silmarillion, such as a statement at the end of the Akallabêth that Ar-Pharazôn and his mortal warriors who had set foot on Aman were buried by falling hills, imprisoned in the Caves of the Forgotten until the "Last Battle and Day of Doom". Christopher Tolkien sees the account as similar to the Nordic legend of Ragnarök and J. R. R. Tolkien also made this connection in some of his letters.
Melian[ˈmeli.an] the Maia is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. She appears in The Silmarillion, the epic poem The Lay of Leithian and the novel The Children of Húrin.
In J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy legendarium, Arien[ˈari.en] is a beautiful maiden who guides the vessel of the Sun. In the Days of the Trees in Valinor, Arien had been the one to tend the tree of Laurelin. It is said that she is mightier than Tilion, the Maia chosen to guide the Moon, because she is a spirit of fire, and able to withstand the heats of Laurelin.
Morgoth's Ring (1993) is the tenth volume of Christopher Tolkien's 12-volume series The History of Middle-earth in which he analyses the unpublished manuscripts of his father J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Book of Lost Tales is a collection of early stories by English writer J. R. R. Tolkien, published as the first two volumes of Christopher Tolkien's 12-volume series The History of Middle-earth, in which he presents and analyzes the manuscripts of those stories, which were the earliest form of the complex fictional myths that would eventually comprise The Silmarillion. Each of the Tales is followed by notes and a detailed commentary by Christopher Tolkien.
The Shaping of Middle-earth – The Quenta, The Ambarkanta and The Annals (1986) is the fourth volume of Christopher Tolkien's 12-volume series The History of Middle-earth in which he analyses the unpublished manuscripts of his father J. R. R. Tolkien.
In the fictional universe of J. R. R. Tolkien, Moriquendi is a Quenya word meaning "Dark-folk", but often translated "Elves of Darkness" or "Dark-elves". This name has a long internal history.
The Round World version is one of the variants of J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, published in the final volumes of The History of Middle-earth. In this version, the Earth was always round, and Arda was the name for the whole solar system instead of just the Earth.
In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, the Two Trees of Valinor are Telperion and Laurelin, the Silver Tree and the Gold Tree that brought light to Valinor, a paradisiacal realm also known as the Undying Lands where angelic beings lived. The Two Trees were apparently of enormous stature, and exuded dew that was a pure and magical light in liquid form. They were destroyed by the evil beings Ungoliant and Melkor, but their last flower and fruit were made into the Moon and the Sun.
The following is an overview of the fictional peoples and races that appear in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world of Middle-earth. Seven peoples or races are listed in Appendix F of The Lord of the Rings as inhabiting Middle-earth: Elves, Men, Dwarves, Hobbits, Ents, Orcs and Trolls. In addition, Middle-earth is overseen or inhabited by various spirits, known as Valar and Maiar. Other beings inhabit Middle-earth whose nature is unclear, such as Tom Bombadil and his wife Goldberry.
The stories of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium contain references to numerous fictional places. Some of these are described below.
The cosmology of J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium combines aspects of Christian theology and metaphysics, mythology and pre-modern cosmological concepts in the flat Earth paradigm with the modern spherical Earth view of the solar system.
The Valar[ˈvalar] are characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. They are "angelic powers" or "gods" subordinate to the one God ; they are the greatest of the Ainur who chose to go into the World (Arda) and complete its material development after its form was determined by the Music of the Ainur (Ainulindalë). For this reason they are also referred to as "the Powers of the World." They are mentioned in The Lord of the Rings, but were developed earlier in material published posthumously in The Silmarillion and The History of Middle-earth.