Tilion (Quenya; IPA: [ˈtili.on] - "The Horned")[1] was a Maia and the guardian of the Moon.


Tilion was originally a Maia of Oromë the Huntsman, but often came to Lorien, to the pools of Estë during his free time. While in Valinor he took a form similar to that of the Valar, but when he left he was a "naked flash of light, shining in the fullness of his splendour." He was said to be less mighty than Arien, the guardian of the Sun. However, when the Two Trees of Valinor were destroyed, Tillion took the last surviving flower of Telperion, the silver Tree of the Valar, in a vessel forged by Aulë and carried it away in the Heavens. As Tilion is the guardian of the Moon, he was a lover of silver, and used a Silver bow. Tilion was reckless at times, and did not always follow the correct path, causing the Moon to be at times in the sky at the same time as the Sun, not appear at all, or even block out the light of Arien.

Behind the scenes

In writings by Tolkien alluded to in the published Silmarillion, Tilion is said to have been in love with Arien, and because he sought her out he came too close to the immense heat of the Sun, and the Moon was scarred. It is possibly that he was the subject of the songs and tales told in Gondor and The Shire see: The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late.[2]

Translations around the World

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጢሊኦን
Arabic طيليون
Armenian Տիլիոն
Belarusian Тіліон
Bengali টিলিওন
Tilion Тилион
Chinese 提里昂
Dari طیلیون
Georgian ტილიონი
Greek Τιλιον
Gujarati ટિલિઓન
Hebrew טיליונ
Hindi टिलिओन
Kazakh Тіліон
Kurdish تیلیۆن
Kyrgyz Тилион
Macedonian Тилион
Marathi टिलिओन
Mongolian Тилион
Nepali टिलिओन
Persian طیلیون ?
Russian Тилион
Sanskrit टिलिओन्
Serbian Тилион (Cyrillic) Tilion (Latinised)
Sinhala ටිලිඔන්
Tajik Тилион
Tamil டிலிஒந்
Telugu టిలిఒన
Tigrinya ጢሊኦን
Ukrainian Тіліон
Urdu طیلیون
Uyghur تىلىون
Uzbek Тилион (Cyrillic) Tilion (Latinised)
Yiddish טיליאָן


  1. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth