Varda & Manwë

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Varda is one of the Valar, a group of divine beings similar to archangels. Also known as „Queen of the stars”, she is said to be too beautiful for words; within her face radiates the light of Ilúvatar (God). She resides with her husband Manwë, with whom she shares a complementary power. When they are together, Manwë „sees further than all other eyes, through mist, and through darkness, and over the leagues of the sea” and Varda „hears more clearly than all other ears the sound of voices that cry from east to west”. Varda created the stars before the Valar descended into the world, and later with the dews from the vats of Telperion she made the constellations, most significantly the Valacirca, The Sickle of the Valar (The Big Dipper). It is also said that Varda alone is the creator of all light.

When the evil Vala Melkor first began to create his discord, Varda saw his mind, and rejected him. Melkor fears and hates Varda the most out of the Valar. This is because he greatly desired to possess light, that which she created. Melkor however, failed in this task.

It is remarked that High Elves sing to her. In general, Varda seems to represent the goddess of beauty and light in Tolkien’s legendarium.

Like most of the legendarium’s characters, Varda has a different name in each of Tolkien’s invented languages. Her Quenya name Varda means „sublime” or „lofty”, and her epithet Elentári means „Star-queen”. Another epithet of her is Tintallë, which means „Star-kindler”. In Sindarin, she was also known as Elbereth („Star-queen”), Gilthoniel („Starkindler”) and Fanuilos („Ever-white”). In Primitive Quenya she was called Barathī, in Telerin she is called Baradis, and in Adûnaic her name was Avradî. She was also referred to by the epithets The Kindler, Lady of the Stars, Queen of the Stars, Snow-white. They are translations of her Elvish names.


Manwë is a god or Vala (Middle-earth) of the Elven pantheon imagined by J. R. R. Tolkien. He is described in The Silmarillion. Manwë was the King of the Valar, husband of Varda Elentári, brother of the Dark Lord Melkor, and King of Arda. He lived atop Mount Taniquetil, the highest mountain of the world, in the halls of Ilmarin. The winds and airs were his servants, and he was lord of air, wind, and clouds in Arda. He was the noblest and greatest in authority, but not in power, of the Aratar and Ainur.

Manwë was (with his brother Melkor i.e. Morgoth) the greatest of the Ainur, and the one that best understood the will of Eru. When Melkor created the discord in the Music of the Ainur, Manwë took over leading the song. When Arda was formed, Manwë was appointed Ruler of Arda, hence his most common title, the Elder King. Manwë was a kind, compassionate ruler, unconcerned with his own power, but he did not understand evil, even in the form of his own brother. He released Melkor from Mandos, thus allowing him to cause the distrust of Fëanor, the Poisoning of the Two Trees, the murder of Finwë, the theft of the Silmarils, and the revolt of the Noldor. To hearten the Eldar, he had Aulë fashion the vessels to hold Sun and the Moon, for he knew the rising of the Atani was coming soon, and sent Thorondor and the Eagles to watch them. After Morgoth’s fall at the end of the War of Wrath, Manwë cast him into the void. In the Final Battle, when Morgoth and his most powerful ally, Sauron, escape, it is said that the Elder King and the two Dark Lords will battle on the Plains of Valinor, but that they will not slay each other, as Morgoth is destined to die at the hands of Túrin Turambar.

Manwë appeared dressed in long blue robes, with blue eyes. He wielded a powerful staff coated in sapphire made for him by the Noldor. The Vanyar were his favourite Elves, and they lived with him and Varda on Mount Taniquetil.

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