Vána of the Valier (Valar queens), is the younger sister of Yavanna Kementari and the spouse of Oromë. Among the seven Valier, Vána was the sixth named by Tolkien
Like her sister, Vána had influenced the bloom of flora and certain creatures in Middle-earth, “all flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming.” She had “the beauty of both heaven and earth upon her face and in all her works” (cit. The Silmarillion, “Valaquenta“: Of the Valar).
Vána dwelt in gardens filled with golden flowers and could often be found wandering in the forests of Oromë. During the Years of the Trees before becoming the Sun maiden, the Maia Arien, “tended to the golden flowers of the gardens of Vána by watering them with the bright dews from Laurelin” (cit. Quenta Silmarillion: “Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor”). Vána is Quenya for “beautiful”, specifically unmarred beauty. She was also called the Everyoung
A year ago I made an outfit for Yavanna Kementari, using the brand new dress model from the brand new Midsummer festival, in the tones of green and dark purple. I think it is fitting that to depict her younger sister I use the cosmetics from the second edition of Midsummer festival, in lighter tone this time, Lorien gold and violet. Same thing for the background, instead of the bright green of Eryn Lasgalen I took my pictures in Fangorn, specifically inside a quest instance in the Eaves of Fangorn where the lighting makes for a dreamy atmosphere
head: Circlet of fresh flowers, violet dye, Farmer’s faire festival reward
shoulders: Light Nadhin shoulders, lorien gold dye, barter in Dol Amroth
chest: Dress of Entwining blossoms, lorien gold dye, midsummer festival reward
back: Cloak of Entwining bossoms, lorien gold dye, midsummer festival reward
I don’t have much to say about this outfit, I simply wanted a good match for the new Gwindeth-like dress available from Rowan. It has a very odd way of taking dye, the base blue hue is still very apparent with most colors which give this dress a unique result most of the time. I preferred something more subdued though, and something that wouldn’t clash with the undyeable brown shoes of the dress. Rust gave me the exact shade I wanted to match both shoes, hat and cloak, it kinda makes the pattern of the dress look like peacock’s feathers (and in the absence of a peacock’s cloak the dragonfly one will have to do)
head: Theodore Gorse’s Hat, unber dye, reward from Bingo’s barter, Bert Bertleby in Andrath
shoulders: Mantle of the Spring Woods, spring festival reward
chest: Dress of the Twilight Caretaker, rust dye, barter for figments of splendour from Rowan Raspberry
back: Dragonfly cloak, ranger green dye, lotro store
Last year, we had the first iteration of the Midsummer festival to accompany the wedding of Arwen and Aragorn, and wow, what a novelty it was! Plenty of quests, a ton of new cosmetics and decorations and 4 mounts to boot. This year, for the second round we get yet another novelty: new skins for instruments. But let’s start with order, and see how he clothes look
new music instruments
“And the Tree which he made of gold was named Glingal, and the Tree whose flowers he made of silver was named Belthil” The Silmarillion, “Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Noldor in Beleriand”
Glingal and Belthil were two trees crafted by Turgon in the image of the Two Trees of Valinor, Laurelin and Telperion. After building Gondolin, the Gondolindrim never ceased to work on embellishing the city. Turgon himself created these two trees as effigy for the Valinorean Trees in his court. It is said they even resplended of their own light and Glingal means “hanging flame” or “gleaming light”; Belthil “divine radiance”. In the Book of Lost Tales during the Fall of Gondolin it is under the trees that the survivors erected barricades as a last stand, and Turgon rallied them proclaiming the doom of the city, throwing his crown at the Roots of Glingal. Both trees were destroyed.
But while Gondolin stood as a bastion of hope for the Eldar, they were much revered and jealously guarded by a selected honour guard, dressed in the colors of pale gold and pure white, with hauberks encrusted of blue gems and cloaks portraying the Two Trees. Purely a ceremonial position, but nonetheless one of prestige and honour
(needless to say the Honoured Guard is a product of my mind, but I can picture a couple elves standing guard by these treasures of noldorin craft at all times, like…. don’t you dare touch them!). The Bright Company attire, that should reflect the same clothes of the npcs we met in Mordor Besieged is available from Myrtile who finally shoved Figbert out of the way and will stay untill… November? Fall give or take. I don’t grind figments or embers regularly because I am quite fed up with the whole system, but you can bet when there is something I want, I steel my will and grind away. These new cosmetics are my kind of thing, there is also a horse, but it wouldn’t have matched the theme I was going for in this post. It is a very beautiful horse though.
shoulders: Shoulders of the Wall Warden, shire peach dye, barter at the classic vendor in the skirmish camp
chest: Breastplate of Bright Company, shire peach dye, figment vendor (Rowan)
hands: Wrist-guards of the Waking Wood, white dye, anniversary reward
feet: Boots of Bright Company, figment vendor (Rowan)
back: Alliance of the Third Age Silk Cloak, white dye, Mordor collector’s edition exclusive