Mistress of Still Waters, she who helps Osse, her
the wildness put into him by Melkor. Her hair spreads through all the
waters under the sky. The Numenoreans held her equal to the Valar in
to their own sea-faring lives.
was an Ainu, a Maia of Ulmo. She was the spouse of Osse.
She is only spoken
of little in the Silmarillion, yet there is much more about her
the Silmarillion reveals.
For one, she has been a character since the Book
Tales, and her personality and origin have remained basically
since. She has been a Maia of Ulmo, and has always been the Lady
the Seas. Her hair has always been spread out through all the
shallows of the seas, and
she has always loved everything within the salt waters. Her
spouse has always
Yet in the Book of Lost Tales Part 1, it is
said she had
a part in the making of the Ship of the Moon. This was of course
in the Silmarillion.
In Unfinished Tales, I was surprised to find
quite a bit about Uinen.
It seems that during the time of Aldarion, he formed
guild of venturers named "Uinendili", the Lovers of Uinen.
Eambar, would set sail all over the seas, but for the most part stayed
on the isle of Tol Uinen, which was set there in the Bay of Romenna by
It was said that Uinen alone, save Ulmo, could
Osse's wrath and chaotic nature. It seems she began to favor the
much (especially the Uinendili) and restrained many storms that would
caused awful sailing around Numenor. One reason the Uinendili
favor was because they set upon their ships the Green Bough of Return,
was cut from the tree oiolaire, as a token of friendship with Osse and
Uinen's name was used again at the feast when
named his wife, Erendis, Uineniel, Daughter of Uinen, new Lady of the
But Erendis, hating the felling of the trees that were used to make
and the sea itself, cried aloud:
'Call me by no such name! I am no daughter of Uinen:
rather she is my foe.'
There is a long story behind this remark, as Aldarion
the sea, and great jealousy grew within Erendis of Uinen, who seemed to
a lot of attention from Aldarion. In a fight they had after the
"'I will not share my husband with the Lady Uinen,'
Erendis. 'That is a twisted saying,' said Aldarion. 'As well might I
that I would not share my wife with the Lord Orome of Forests, because
loves trees that grow wild.' 'Indeed you would not,' said
you would fell any wood as a gift to Uinen, if you had a mind.'"
Aldarion became the father of Ancalime the first
of Numenor. More detail is spoken of this in their seperate
Unfortunatley, Uinen isn't spoken of much in the Silmarillion.
All that is given is that she was the Lady of the Seas, and that when
Kinslayers set sail from Alqualode, she wept for the Teleri and caused
of the swan ships to sink, killing the Noldor inside.
References: The Silmarillion
, The Book of
Lost Tales: 1
, Unfinished Tales