Námo the elder dwells in Mandos, which is westward in Valinor. He is the keeper of the Houses of the Dead, and the summoner of the spirits of the slain. He forgets nothing; and he knows all things that shall be, save only those that lie still in the freedom of Ilúvatar. He is the Doomsman of the Valar; but he pronounces his dooms and his jugements only at the bidding of Manwë.
Vaire the Weaver is his (Námo/Mandos)spouse, who weaves all things that have ever been in Time into her storied webs, and the halls of Mandos that ever widen as the ages pass are clothed with them.
Mightier than Este is Nienna, sister of the Feanturi; she dwells alone. She is aquainted with grief, and mourns for every wound that Arda has suffered in the marring of Melkor. So great was her sorrow, as the Music unfolded, that her song turned to lamentation long before its end, and the sound of mourning was woven into the themes of the World before it began. But she does not weep for herself; and those who hearken to her learn pity, and endurance in hope. Her halls are west of West, upon the borders of the world; and she comes seldom to the city of Valimar where all is glad. She goes rather to the halls of Mandos, which are near to her own; and all those who wait in Mandos cry to her, for she brings strtength to the spirit and tuns sorrow to wisdom. The windows of her house look outward from the walls of the world.
Irmo the younger is the master of visions and dreams. In Lorien are his gardens in the land of the Valar, and they are the fairest of all places in the world, filled with many spirits.
Este the Gentle, healer of hurts and of weariness, is his (Lorien/Irmo) spouse. Grey is her rainment; and rest is her gift. She walks not by day, but sleeps upon an island in the tree-shadowed lake of Lorellin. From the fountains of Irmo and Este all those who dwell in Valinor draw refreshment; and often the Valar come themselves to Lorien and and there find repose and easing of the burden of Arda.
just playing with some looks on the Game of Thrones game.
When maybe a thousand years had passed, and the first shadow had fallen on Greenwood the Great, the Istari or Wizards appeared in Middle-earth. It was afterwards said that they came out of the far West and were messengers sent to contest the power of Sauron, and to unite all those who had the will to resist him; but they were forbidden to match his power with power, or to seek to dominate Elves or Men by force and fear. They came therefore in the shape of Men, though they were never young and aged only slowly, and they had many powers of mind and hand. They revealed their true names to few,' but used such names as were given to them. The two highest of this order (of whom it is said there were five) were called by the Eldar Curunír, 'the Man of Skill', and Mithrandir, 'the Grey Pilgrim', but by Men in the North Saruman and Gandalf. Curunír journeyed often into the East, but dwelt at last in Isengard. Mithrandir was closest in friendship with the Eldar, and wandered mostly in the West and never made for himself any lasting abode. (LOTR Appendix B)
Chief among them were those whom the Elves called Mithrandir and Curunír, but Men in the North named Gandalf and Saruman. Of these Curunír was the eldest and came first, and after him came Mithrandir and Radagast, and others of the Istari who went into the east of Middle-earth, and do not come into these tales. Radagast was the friend of all beasts and birds; but Curunír went most among Men, and he was subtle in speech and skilled in all the devices of smith-craft. Mithrandir was closest in counsel with Elrond and the Elves. He wandered far in the North and West and made never in any land any lasting abode; but Curunír journeyed into the East, and when he returned he dwelt at Orthanc in the Ring of Isengard, which the Númenóreans made in the days of their power. (Silmarillion: Of the Rings of Power)
'What success [Alatar and Pallando] had I do not know; but I fear they failed, as Saruman did, though doubtless in different ways; and I suspect they were the founders or beginners of secret cults and 'magic' traditions that outlasted the fall of Sauron.' (The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, No. 211).
playing with looks with the Game of Thrones game.
l-r: Alatar, Olorin (Gandalf), Curumo (Saruman), Aiwendil (Radagast) and Pallando
Arwen Undomiel, daughter of Elrond and Celebrian, sister of Elladan and Elrohir, wife of Aragorn, mother of Eldarion and several daughters you'll notice she looks a lot like my version of Luthian, that's because Arwen was said to be Luthian's image, or Luthian reborn, also her life holds several parallels to Luthian's.
So, I found this great Roman DollMaker on Azalea's website, yes I said Roman, which is why the warrior princess of Rohan is wearing an ever so slightly scandalous dress. Anyway, I'm going to make a bunch of LOTR/Silmarillion female characters/ocs, maybe
Eowyn, we all know her I hope but, sister of Eomer, niece of Theoden, princess of Rohan and later Ithilien when she marries Faramir