Vala created by Eru. Deathless.

Oromë by Varda-(Valar)
Images of Oromë


by Varda-(Valar)
Updated May 6, 2002; Feb. 6, 2007

The Vala titled Oromë the Hunter, Lord of Forests is also called:

    Aldaron (Quenya "Lord of Trees"; from alda "trees", possibly rom "sound of horns or trumpets")
    Tauron (Sindarin "The Forester", "Lord of Forests")
    Araw (Sindarin).
    Oromë  (Quenya "horn-blowing")

    Although he is not quite so strong as Tulkas, he has anger more dreadful.
    Oromë is fourth of the Lords of the Valar, eighth of the Aratar.
    He loves the lands of Middle-earth, hunting monsters and fell beasts. He left Middle-earth unwillingly to enter Valinor, and returns to visit Middle-earth crossing the mountains into the hills and plains. He especially loves forests.
    Oromë delights in horses, hounds, and trees.  He trains his folk and beasts in the woods to hunt the evil creatures of Melkor.
    His wife is Vana, the Ever-young,  the younger sister of Yavanna. 
    Oromë's horse, Nahar, is white and his hooves were shod with gold when Oromë rode at the head of the elves leading them to Valinor. Nahar is white in the sun and silver at night.
    His musical hunting horn is the Valaróma.  

Lord of the Rings:
    The ride of Theoden in "The Ride of the Rohirrim" is compared to Oromë's: "...he was borne up on Snowmane like a god of old, even as Oromë the Great in the battle of the Valar when the world was young".
    Denethor, speaking to Gandalf, tells that the Horn of Gondor used by Boromir had a long history. "...Vorondil father of Mardil hunted the wild kine of Araw in the far fields of Rhûn". In the Appendix of the Return of the King a note tells us that legend says that the wild kine near the Sea of Rhûn were "descended from the Kine of Araw, the huntsman of the Valar, who alone of the Valar came often to Middle-earth in the Elder Days. Oromë is the High-elven form of his name."  High-elven is Quenya Elvish.

    Return of the King "The Ride of the Rohirrim", "Minas Tirith", "Appendix A iii The North Kingdom and the Dunedain"
    Silmarillion: Valaquenta "Of the Valar", "Index of Names", "Appendix"
    Nahar: Silmarillion, "Of the Coming of the Elves", "Of the Valar".

Images of Oromë:

Image: "Oromë". Riding Nahar in Middle-earth. Artist Guy Gondron. Rolozo's Tolkien page.