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Irmo
Vala
Maureval - Irmo Lorien.png
"Irmo Lorien" by Maureval
Biographical Information
Other namesLórien
PositionMaster of Visions and Dreams
LocationLórien, Valinor
Family
SiblingsMandos and Nienna
SpouseEstë
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Irmo

Irmo, more commonly known as Lórien, was the Vala who was the master of visions and dreams and kept the Gardens of Lórien.

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[edit] History

Irmo was the younger brother of Námo. Irmo and Námo were the Fëanturi, the masters of spirits.[1] Their sister was Nienna. Like his brother, Mandos, Irmo was typically known by the name of his domain, Lórien.

In his gardens, he dwelt with his spouse Estë. His halls and extensive gardens were located away from Valmar though still within Valinor. Irmo tended to the Elves of Valinor in Lórien and provided a peaceful refuge. He would guide the Eldar with visions and dreams.[1]

When Míriel became life weary after giving birth to Fëanor, she was brought to Lórien for rest and solace. But her spirit willingly departed to Mandos, and she refused to return.[2]

When the Sun and Moon were originally set in their paths, Varda purposed that the two vessels should journey in Ilmen and mingle their light as the Two Trees once had. However, Irmo and Estë asked her to reconsider as "sleep and rest had been banished from the Earth."[3] Therefore, Varda changed her council and allowed for a time of night where the world would still have shadows and half-light.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Irmo (pronounced [ˈirmo]) is a Quenya name meaning "Desirer" or "Master of Desire".[4] His common name Lórien (Quenya; [ˈloːri.en]) means "Land of Dreams".

In early versions of the legendarium, this Vala (variously spelt Lorien and Lôrien) was given many different surnames: Qenya Olofantur (the element fantur, a derivative of the root FANA, refers to "visions, dreams, falling asleep")[5], Qenya Fulmur (probably from the root FUMU, "sleep"), and Gnomish Losfan (consisting of oloth "a dream, apparition, vision" + ending -fan, thus (o)loth-fan > Losfan).[6] Gnomish renderings of his first name included Glurim (containing the element lûr "slumber") and Lûriel or Lúriel (> Lúrin).[6][5][7]

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vairë
 
Mandos
 
Nienna
 
IRMO
 
Estë
 
 
 


[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Poppies, the flowers of sleep "which the Gods called fumellar," were used in enchantments by Irmo. And in the silvery light of the cauldron Silindrin, which held the collected dew of Telperion, he descried many mysterious visions.[8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Of the Valar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenya Noun Structure", in Parma Eldalamberon XXI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Patrick H. Wynne and Arden R. Smith), p. 85
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One, pp. 253, 259
  6. 6.0 6.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 12
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 18
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor"