There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.
The first official posters for all three films
Music of the Ainur -
also known as Melkor what are you doing stop it NO!
This choir from right to left: Vána, Oromë, Tulkas, Nessa, Estë, Irmo, Vairë, Námo, Nienna, Ulmo, Aulë, Yavanna, Manwë, Varda and Melkor.
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Valaquenta is the account of Valar and Maiar according to the lore of the Eldar, but there are some things the Valar do not speak of, and the Eldar can but guess.
It is said in the lore that Manwë Lord of the Breath of Arda, and Varda Lady of Stars, dwell together in the halls of the tower of Oiolossë upon Taniquetil, and are seldom parted. Indeed, neither alone have given audience nor sat in judgement to the Eldar.
It is said, furthermore, that Manwë upon his throne sees further than all others should Varda stand beside him, and Varda looking out upon the stars from that uttermost tower hears more clearly than all others should Manwë stand beside her.
Manwë is closest to Eru Allfather in thought, and in the face of Varda is the light of Ilúvatar, and to each these are both gift and burden, for such gifts are not without price.
Such gifts are not without price. Alone upon Taniquetil Manwë first of Kings hears all but sees naught, and in ages forgotten Varda Elentári kindled the stars and gave up the Music.
Thus it is, so the Eldar say, that of all who dwell in Arda Manwë and Varda are most tightly bound, for he without her is blind and she without him is deaf, but together under the watchful mind of Ilúvatar, they are Lord and Lady of All.
I haven’t illustrated a quote in a long time… but this one really stood out to me. I know some people like this.
Ugh, this movie. This story. Stupid Darcy with his dumb face and slow character growth and sweeping romantic gesture.
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I recently posted a picture of one of my headcanons concerning the creation of Hobbits. In my mind, Nienna was the one who made them. Of the Valar, Nienna is the one who mourns for the hurt of the world and the cruelties living things suffer. I think, by making the hobbits, she formed a race which can help combat this sorrow and resist evil.
Hobbits are “the laughing-folk, the little people” as described by Treebeard. They are not only able to remain smiling in difficult situations, but bring cheer into the hearts of others around them. Most hobbits also tend to find joy in the little things and hold little ambition when it comes to great power or riches.
For Nienna, it is also said: “But she does not weep for herself; and those who hearken to her learn pity, and endurance in hope.”
Hobbits proved their worth time and time again in The Lord of the Rings. They were described more than once as endurant in times such as Frodo and Bilbo’s association with the ring or Merry and Frodo’s dealings with the Nazgul. They are also brought up as a source of hope, sometimes the only hope for middle earth (Frodo and Sam on their quest to destroy the ring especially).
I believe that Nienna also gave them compassion. This shone through in events such as Bilbo and Frodo’s treatment of Smeagol.
All of these qualities I feel, make Hobbits into what Nienna would like living things to be. Happy and resilient, compassionate and unbowing before evil. Thorin said it correctly in The Hobbit. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
(Extra note: When I mentioned this headcanon to beguilingblackness, he also brought up Gandalf, who was tutored by Nienna. It’s no wonder that he took such a liking to them.)
What do you think of this idea? Who do you feel helped the Hobbits come into being? I’d love to start a discussion if anyone is interested!