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Nessa was a Valië. She was the wife of Tulkas and sister of Oromë.

Nessa was noted for her speed, fast like an arrow, able to outrun the deer who follow her in the wild, and also for her dancing ability, as she danced on the ever-green lawns of Valimar.[1] She wed Tulkas upon the Isle of Almaren[2] in the Year of the Lamps 3400.[3]

In the "due order" in which the queens of the Valar were named, Nessa was named last.[1]


[edit] Etymology

Nessa ([ˈnesːa]) is a Quenya name meaning "young".[4][5]

[edit] Early Etymology

Her names were Helinyetille meaning "Eyes of Heartsease", from helin ("violet, pansy"), and Melesta, from mele ("to love").[6]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In the earlier texts, Nessa and Estë were considered "highest among the Maiar". Lea the Young was the wife of Tulkas, and was later changed to Nessa.[source?]

She was once envisioned to be the daughter of Vána.[source?]


  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 the Beginning of Days"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: First section of the Annals of Aman", 3400
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 376-7
  5. 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. 14
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part One

Lords:  Manwë · Ulmo · Aulë · Oromë · Mandos · Irmo · Tulkas
Queens:  Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa
Rebel:  Melkor
Associated Maiar
Manwë Eönwë · Olórin (Gandalf) Varda Ilmarë · Olórin (Gandalf) · Arien
Aulë Mairon (Sauron) · Curumo (Saruman) Yavanna Aiwendil (Radagast)
Ulmo Ossë · Uinen · Salmar Estë Melian · Arien
Oromë Tilion · Blue Wizards Vána Melian · Arien
Other Maiar
Evil:  Sauron · Balrogs (Gothmog · Durin's Bane)
Wizards Saruman · Gandalf · Radagast · Blue Wizards
Music · Valarin · Almaren · Valinor · Valmar · Second Music