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Varda Elentári [ˈvarda elenˈtaːri] is a fictional character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. She appears in Tolkien's The Silmarillion as one of the Valar (powers) of Middle-earth. The longest sample of the Sindarin language, published by Tolkien, is addressed to her.

Character description

Varda is one of the Valar, the pantheon or Gods in the legendarium. She is the greatest of the Valar, being associated withlight she is central to the dualism of light and darkness in Tolkien's cosmology.

Varda with the dews from the vats of Telperion she made the brightest stars in the heavens, most significantly the Valacirca,The Sickle of the Valar (The Big Dipper) and Menelmacar (Orion).

She resided with her husband Manwë, with whom she shared a complementary power. When they were 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". When the evil Vala Melkor first began to create his discord, Varda saw his true nature and rejected him. Melkor feared and hated Varda the most out of the Valar because he greatly desired to possess light.

Tolkien's work often repeats characters in "doubles" in different settings or ages. Thus, Varda's Marian characteristics are repeated in Melian (an angelic being of a lower order), Galadriel (a queen of the high elves) and again in "a more homey way" in Goldberry.


Like most of the legendarium's characters, Varda has a different name in each of Tolkien's invented languages. HerQuenya name Varda means "sublime" or "lofty", from Primitive Quenya barádâ (root barád-, whence also Noldorin brennil"lady", brand, brann "lofty, noble fine"). The corresponding Noldorin form is BerethilBreðil (Primitive Quenya Barathī).Telerin Baradis, from a related stem barathî (while the expected cognate form would have been Barada). The Adûnaicreflex of the name is Avradî.

When invoked by Elves, she is more commonly addressed by epithets reflecting her role in making the stars, as "Star-queen" and "Star-kindler", in Quenya Elentári and Tintallë, and in Sindarin Elbereth and Gilthoniel, respectively. Another Sindarin epithet is Fanuilos "Ever-white". In the English text, she is also addressed by the epithets The KindlerLady of the StarsQueen of the StarsSnow-white, ostensibly translations of her Elvish names.


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Light Armies
Leaders: Eru Ilúvatar
Valar: Manwë | Ulmo | Aulë | Oromë | Mandos | Irmo | Tulkas | Varda | Yavanna | Nienna
Istari: Gandalf | Radagast
Men of Lightness: Aragorn | Boromir | Faramir | Theoden | Bard the Bowman | Éomer | Talion | Isildur

Legolas | Arwen Undómiel | Galadriel | Tauriel | Thranduil | Turgon | Elrond | Celebrimbor | Eltariel | Eärendil

Thorin Oakenshield | Dwalin | Fili | Kili | Gimli | Balin | Bofur | Bifur

Bilbo Baggins | Frodo Baggins | Samwise Gamgee | Peregrin Took | Meriadoc Brandybuck

Tom Bombadil | Goldberry | Éowyn | Sigrid

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