Q. Nienna f. “Lady of Pity and Mourning”

Q. Nienna, f. “Lady of Pity and Mourning”

One of the most powerful of the Valier, sister of Mandos and Lórien, whose name is glossed “Lady of Pity and Mourning” (S/28). The exact meaning of her name is unclear, but its initial element is probably be related to [ᴹQ.] nie “tear” (Ety/NEI).

Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, her true name is ᴱQ. Fui and the name ᴱQ. Nienna is given as a sobriquet (LT1/66). Starting with Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, her name is given only as ᴹQ. Nienna (SM/79, LR/206). This name also appears in The Etymologies as a derivative of the root ᴹ√NEY (NEI̯) “tear” (Ety/NEI).

References ✧ MRI/Niënna; S/28; SI; UTI



ᴹQ. nie “tear”

ᴹQ. Nienna f.

A powerful female Vala, at this stage the sister of Manwe and Melko (LR/206).

See Q. Nienna for further discussion.

References ✧ Ety/NEI; LRI; SMI


nie “tear” ✧ Ety/NEI

ᴱQ. Nienna f.

Sobriquet for the female Vala ᴱQ. Fui, at this stage the wife of Mandos (LT1/66). Her name appeared as Nyenna in the Qenya Lexicon, a derivative of either ᴱ√NYE(NE) “bleat” or ᴱ√NYEHE “weep” (QL/68).

See Q. Nienna for further discussion.

References ✧ GL/18, 60; LT1A/Nienna; LT1I/Fui; PE14/14; QL/68