Valie created by Eru. Deathless.

Nienna by Varda-(Valar)
Nienna by Haleth-(V)
Images of Nienna


by Varda-(Valar)
updated April 24, 2005

    Nienna is the third in power of the Queens of the Valar, seventh of the Aratar.
    Nienna is the Valie who teaches pity, mercy (acting on the emotion of pity), and hope.
    She is the sister of the Feanturi, who are Namo of doom and Irmo of dreams and visions.
    Gandalf referred to Pity with a capitol, as he knew Nienna personally. Faramir and Frodo seem to be followers of Nienna, whether they knew it or not, thanks to Gandalf's influence. Pity seemed to be a major weapon for fighting against the ambition, even the ambition to do great good, that the Ring used for temptation.
    The ideals of Nienna were strongly present on the side fighting trhe evil of Sauron.

References: Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings


by Haleth-(V)
May 9, 2005

    Nienna: Third greatest Valië and of the Aratar, Nienna is the lady of grief, she who wove mourning within the Music before the world was created. She is also noted for singing her mourning for the Marring of Arda, especially after Melkor and Ungoliant attacked Valinor. But she does not pity herself but rather Arda’s wounds. Nienna is the sister of the Fëanturi, although in earlier forms she was the sister of Manwë and Melkor (Morgoth’s Ring). She dwells alone upon the borders of the world west of the West, away from Valimar, although she visits the halls of Mandos to bring wisdom and strength to those who wait in Mandos.
    Nienna taught Olórin, wisest of the Maiar, his compassion and patience. She played a large role in awakening Telperion and Laurelin, the Two Trees of Valinor. While Yavanna Kementári sang them into being, Nienna watered Ezellohar (Corollairë) with her tears. And when the Trees were attacked by Melkor and Ungoliant, Nienna attempted to heal the Trees but failed. She is also noted to have spoken in Melkor’s defense after he completed the term of his bondage, pleading with Manwë to pardon Melkor, which Manwë did.
    In one of Tolkien’s earlier forms of the Tales of the Istari, Mandos and Nienna sent Pallando, one of the Istari and a “Blue Wizard” (Unfinished Tales).
    She seems to have dressed in gray.

References: Silmarillion, Morgoth's Ring, Unfinished Tales 

Images of Nienna:

Image: "Nienna". Artist Maria Lombide Ezpeleta. Rolozo Tolkien page
Image: "Nienna". Artist: Laura Saunders. Rolozo Tolkien page
Image: "Nienna". Artist: Olga Kukhtenkova. Rolozo Tolkien page