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Nienna is the sister of Mandos and Irmo. She dwells alone. She is acquainted with grief, and mourns for every wound that Arda has suffered. But she does not weep for herself; and those who hearken to her learn pity, and endurance in hope. 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 there cry to her, for she brings strength to the spirit and turns sorrow to wisdom.

Wisest of the Maiar was Olórin. His ways took him often to the house of Nienna, and of her he learned pity and patience.

Nienna is the only Vala of female appearance who was not married, similarly to Ulmo among the male counterparts.

Nienna wept on the mound of Ezellohar, watering it with her tears. After the destruction of the Two Trees by Melkor, she wept on their remains, cleansing the filth of Ungoliant, and helping to nurture the fruit and the flower that became the Sun and the Moon. Nienna is considered one of the most powerful of the female Valar, alongside Varda and Yavanna. Although she represents Mercy, Compassion and Healing, her powers seem to include growth.

She was also one of the few Valar who sided with the release of Melkor from his bondage after the Age of Peace, being compassionate of his suffering yet unaware, as Manwë was, of his unfailing evil.

On June 30 2015 at Río Negro, Argentina 75 Views

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