Mandos

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Mandos is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth.

Mandos is the usual name for the Vala originally called Nmo (Judge). Nmo was given this new name in honor of the Halls of Mandos, over which he presides, where Elves go after they are slain (cf. Valhalla). His wife is Vair the Weaver, and he is the brother of Lrien and Nienna in the mind of Ilvatar.

Mandos is described as being stern and dispassionate and never forgetting a thing. He was the Vala who cursed the oldor leaving Aman, and counselled against allowing them to return (almost to the point of vindictiveness). But unlike Morgoth, his Dooms are not cruel or vindictive by his own design. They are simply the will of Eru, and he will not speak them unless he is commanded to do so by Manw. Only once has he been moved to pity, when Lthien sang of the grief she and her lover Beren had experienced in Beleriand. Then, with the Elder King's approval, he released them.

In the roguelike computer game ToME the Halls of Mandos are the location of a preliminary lost soul nightmare mode for experienced players.

Mandos's genealogy

       Ilvatar
        | |   |______________________
   _____| |______                   |
   |       _____|___________        |
   |       |        |      |        |
 Vair = Mandos   Nienna  Lrien = Est
         (Nmo)           (Irmo)    

Note that while Vair and Est are said to share the same father as Mandos, Nienna, and Lrien, they are not considered siblings to the three. However, the three are considered siblings.


Ainur of Middle-earth
Ainulindal (Music of the Ainur)
Lords of the ValarManw | Aul | Orom | Irmo (Lrien) | Nmo (Mandos) | Tulkas | Ulmo
Queens of the ValarVarda | Yavanna | Vna | Est | Vair | Nessa | Nienna
The Enemy:  Morgoth (a.k.a. Melkor)
MaiarEnw | Ilmar | Oss | Uinen | Salmar | Sauron | Melian | Arien | Tilion | Gothmog
Curumo (Saruman) | Olrin (Gandalf) | Aiwendil (Radagast) | Alatar and Pallando | Durin's Bane
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