Hi! I was wondering if you had any thoughts on the Valar and animal companions? Are there any they feel particularly akin with, etc. Love reading your headcanons!
Oh I love this ask! I'm combining what we know of their domains and any animals associated with them with my own thoughts!
under cut just for length! I’d love to hear anyone else’s thoughts on this! I love thinking about creatures in the context of Silm so feel free to ask more questions about this!!
Manwë: the eagles of course! But I picture him just sort of surrounded by birds in general. Perching on him, fluttering around him, etc.
Varda: This one was harder! I’ve talked about it before but Varda is far less physical than Manwë is, even when she appears vaguely human or elf shaped she’s still composed primarily of vapors and light rather than flesh and bone. I do love art of sea creatures flying among the stars though. Perhaps there are magical rays that fly through her domain. Some of them like eagle rays have night sky like patterns!
Oromë: Hounds and horses obviously! And great, prehistoric elk like creatures. And @aronoiiel and I have a headcanon that he also has a huge black panther that aids him in hunting more dangerous creatures.
Vána: So she does seem to be associated with songbirds but I also like butterflies, it reminds me of what @undercat-overdog said about rebirth and growth/fertility as part of her domain.
Ulmo: So many amazing sea and water creatures! This was so hard! Sea birds definitely, already many of the Valar are bird associated. Also seals. I also really like frogs? I mean rain and streams are also apart of his domain. I like frogs being little messengers for him.
Nienna: Elephants. Large, gentle but destructive too. And they mourn like we do. And the gray colors.
Aulë: I really like him with salamanders. Not just regular ones but mythical ones, ones that live in firewood and can catch fire themselves. They’re always on him, in his forge apron pockets and hair!
Yavanna: I like wildebeests for her. And beetles. I don’t really have reasons for this. I suppose they are just opposite ends of the animal kingdom. Or not literally, there are creatures more apart from large animals but still.
Irmo: Moths. I love associating him with moths. Especially Luna moths.
Estë: Both her and Irmo I associate with nightingales. But I also imagine for some reason manatees living in her lake. Slow, gentle, peaceful to watch.
Vairë: I was thinking perhaps a tailor bird or cave swallow or another bird that is known for making elaborate nests by ‘weaving’ or ‘stitching’. Or maybe silkworms! I guess those aren’t really a companion though.
Námo canonically has a dog in the book of lost tales which is amusing to me! I suppose this is cliched but I do love ravens with him. Not even for the death symbolism, more for the variety of dry, deadpan corvid characters in literature that fits how I see his personality.
Tulkas: I really love the idea of him sharing a love of wild cats with his brother in law. Also look at the art @forestials did here of him with a serval, it’s so beautiful and perfect for him.
Nessa: deer of course! All kinds of deer, not just English or American ordinary ones. though she also joins in with her brother and husband with the wild cats.
Melkor: he keeps elves as pets? but like also dragons. and according to BoLT snakes. large ones. And there are wolves in the fortress though they are more Sauron’s than his.
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Valaquenta: The Queens
Fun fact, my first post on this blog was a compilation of my Valier designs! You can find them here if you’d like a throwback XDD Man, that was eleven months ago ... We’re getting closer to this blog’s one-year anniversary!
Also, as a quick note -- you can find the lords here, and I’ve also put all these portraits up as prints on my Inprnt shop!
Since I already had updated designs for the queens, all I had to do was translate Varda’s design into my inky style. Easier said than done loll I had some trouble conveying the galaxy look of her hair, but I think I managed it in the end!
I feel like this version is a little plainer than the original; I was also trying to ensure that she looked at least a little different from my nature goddess’ design. I keep defaulting to trees whenever I think of nature-y deities XD
Are those waterfalls made of tears? Ah well, I’m not too sure myself loll I just knew I wanted to create a calming and/or soothing effect for Nienna’s portrait.
This one was another toughie to translate into my inky style, especially the glowy mists. I think the hair looks better in the original too, but I’m still happy with how this one turned out :)
I’m the most proud of this one. I think y’all can understand why loll
Also, as a little challenge, can you recognize all the events in her tapestry? XDD (I can always make a separate post about it later, if y’all want!)
I imagine Vána can turn up in any flower place -- gardens, lagoons, even a simple pond with lily pads!
In my design, Nessa could be wearing an elaborate pelt, or it’s her hair, or it’s both. Her antlers go with Oromë’s to show their sibling connection. And also, as part of my headcanon, one of Oromë’s spears is actually Nessa’s -- they have a matching set, but after the Battle of the Powers, Nessa no longer wanted to do battle and handed her spear over to her brother.
Of course, that’s not to say that she’d refuse to fight if the need was dire. Oromë holds onto her spear for safe-keeping; when the time comes to defend her home and the Children, she’ll definitely take it up again.
And thus concludes my Valaquenta design series! I hope y’all enjoyed them :DDD
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