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Fëanturi, the "Masters of Spirits", was a title given to the brothers Námo (Mandos) and Irmo (Lórien) of the Valar.[1]

The title was created because the two brothers' spheres of influence were over the spirit. Irmo was the master of visions and dreams, Námo had power over the fëar of Elves and Men who gathered in his halls after death, where the fëar of the Elves abode while those of Men left the Circles of the World. Námo delivered judgement on Manwë's bidding in serious matters (such as the Doom of the Noldor) but also judged over the fate of the elvish fëar.

[edit] Other names

In the Etymologies appears a Noldorin equivalent of the name Fëanturi: i-Fennyr or Fennuir.[2][3]

[edit] Other versions of the Legendarium

In The Book of the Lost Tales the word appears as Qenya Fantur pl. Fanturi with the Gnomish forms Fanthor, pl. i-Fanthaurin, all deriving from the root FANA.[4]

The word produces the Qenya names Vefantur (the Fantur of Death, Mandos) and Olofantur (the Fantur of Dreams, Lórien).[5]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 387 (entry SPAN-)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part Two" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 46, July 2004, p. 15
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor"