Oromë (Quenya; IPA: [ˈorome] - "Horn-blower"), also known as Aldaron (Quenya; "Lord of Forests"), Araw (Sindarin; same in Quenya) or Arômêz, was an Ainu, one of the Aratar and a Vala who was responsible for the hunt. He was the brother of Nessa and the husband of Vána.
During the Years of the Trees, after most of the Valar had withdrawn completely from Middle-earth and hidden themselves in Aman, Oromë still hunted in the forests of Middle-earth on occasion. Thus, it was he who discovered the Elves when they first awoke at Cuivienen and named them the Eldar . Thereafter he remained close in friendship with them.
A powerful huntsman, he was active in the struggles against Morgoth. He had a great horn called the Valaróma and a great steed named Nahar. Huan, a Hound from Valinor, once belonged to him but was later given to Celegorm, a son of Fëanor.
In legend, Oromë is said to have first created the Rainbow or "Bridge of Heaven" using golden threads of Vána's hair, during the Hiding of Valinor.
Araw is the Sindarin translation of Oromë. The Sindar additionally referred to him as Tauron, which means "Lord of the Forests" and "The Forester." It is possible that the name comes from Sindarin taur ("forest") or Quenya taure ("great wood").
In the Old English translation of tales by Eriol, Oromë is called Wadfrea ("The Huntinglord"), Huntena frea ("Lord of Hunters"), and Wealdafrea ("Lord of Forests"). Among the Rohirrim and other Northmen, he was also sometimes called Béma (Old English, originally Béaming; translating Tauron "forest-lord").
Oromë is described as a mighty lord and a great huntsman, as he would often train his folk and beasts in pursuit of evil creatures. He loved the lands of Middle-earth and was initially unwilling to leave it. He contrasts with the Vala Tulkas in demeanor; whereas Tulkas laughs in sports, Oromë is said to be dreadful in anger.
Maiar of Oromë
- Alatar and Pallando, the last two of the five wizards, were Maiar sent by Oromë to Middle-earth. What became of them is not known, although apparently they journeyed into the east with Saruman, but did not return.
Earlier versions of the legendarium
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||歐羅米|
|Kazakh||Ороме (Cyrillic) Оромё (Latin)|
|Serbian (Cyrillic) Orome (Latin)||Ороме|
|Uzbek||Ороме (Cyrillic) Orome (Latin)|
- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter I: "Of the Beginning of Days"
- The Silmarillion, Valaquenta, "Of the Valar"
- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIX: "Of Beren and Lúthien"
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter IX: "The Hiding of Valinor"
- The Silmarillion, Index of Names
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels, Part Four: Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D: Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. V: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. IV: The Shaping of Middle-earth, III: "The Quenta", Appendix 1: Translation of Quenta Noldorinwa into Old English
- The History of Middle-earth, Vol. I: The Book of Lost Tales Part One, chapter III: "The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", Notes and Commentary