Ulmo (Quenya, pronounced [ˈulmo]) was a Vala, also known as King of the Sea, Lord of Waters, and Dweller of the Deep. One of the mightiest of the Ainur, he was second in majesty of the Aratar, after Manwë and Varda.
At several points Ulmo was notable for setting himself apart from his brethren, and also for being the friendliest to the Children of Eru. Ulmo is the Lord of Waters and King of the Sea.He is the Ainu most deeply instructed in music, and it is said that in water the Eldar hear the echo of the Music of the Ainur.He lives in the deeps under Ambar who alone has seen where he devises his music and whence he governs all waters, bays and rivers.
From the beginning Manwë has been his closest friend and ally and they come together when the vapors of the water become clouds high in the air, or mists and dew. The two most faithfully served the purpose of Eru. Ulmo was unique among the Valar in several ways; he was alone, taking no spouse among the Valier; he didn’t dwell in Valinor but in Ekkaia from the beginning, preferring the deeps of the seas around and below Ambar, and the rivers. He seldom appeared to the councils of his brethren, save in matters of great importance.
Likewise, he seldomly wore a fana but he came to the shores unseen or entered firths of the sea and rivers and it was said his spirit was in the very veins of the world. He spoke through the sound of water, and made music with his horns the Ulumúri. But whenever he appeared, he was dreadful and terrible “as a mounting wave that strides to the land”; he wore a dark foam-crested helm and a shimmering silver-green mail, and his voice was deep like the ocean.
Ulmo cared about Arda and the Children of Eru, and through the veins of the world he kept in touch with them and saw every grief and need, and thus knew more of the goings on with them than even Manwë. Even while the Valar were secluded in Valinor or when the Children were under the wrath of his brethren, Ulmo, alone of the Valar, was the one who never forsook them.
Source: The History of Middle Earth, Tolkien Gateway and Wikipedia.
Artwork: Ulmo And Tuor art by DanielPilla on DeviantArt.
The song of Lúthien before Mandos was the song most fair that ever in words was woven, and the song most sorrowful that ever the world shall hear. Unchanged, imperishable, it is sung still in Valinor beyond the hearing of the world, and listening the Valar are grieved. For Lúthien wove two themes of words, of the sorrow of the Eldar and the grief of Men, of the Two Kindreds that were made by Ilúvatar to dwell in Arda, the Kingdom of Earth amid the innumerable stars. And as she knelt before him her tears fell upon his feet like rain upon stones; and Mandos was moved to pity, who never before was so moved, nor has been since.
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‘Mordor under the sea’ found off Australia
Today in news best suited for sneaky little Hobbitses and Shire-folk, scientists unveiled a map of a faraway volcanic realm that has a distinct look of Mordor about it. Unfortunately for any ring bearers, the molten landscape has probably been hidden underwater for millions of years.
The “Tolkienesque” region of submarine volcanoes buried beneath the sea south of Australia was discovered by a team of researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia, the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia. The team employed 3D seismic reflection, a geo-mapping technique that uses seismic waves to measure subsurface structures. With this technology, the researchers identified 26 separate volcanoes buried roughly 820 feet (250 meters) beneath seabed sediment. Some of the ancient volcanoes reach up to 2,000 feet (625 m) in height and are surrounded by several lava features never before studied underwater, the study said.
“The technology we have used is similar in many ways to what is used to produce ultrasound images of babies, but for the Earth,” study author Nick Schofield, a senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen’s School of Geosciences, said in a statement released Wednesday (Jan. 17). “By using this technique, we have a unique insight into a landscape that has remained hidden for millions of years.” [Dark Waters: The World’s Most Mysterious Places on The Seas]
“By using data acquired as part of oil-exploration efforts, we have been able to map these ancient lava flows in unprecedented detail,” Schofield said. From this seismic data, the researchers determined that some of the ancient lava flows measure more than 21 miles (34 kilometers) long and 9 miles (15 km) wide.
Across these miles of terrain, the flows branch into pathways, rise into plateaus, plunge into trenches and spread into elliptical-shaped “islands” of hardened lava. Researchers compared these islands to land-based lava features known as “kipukas,” isolated hills or plots of slightly elevated land that become completely encircled by lava after eruptions. Features like these have never been described by underwater seismic data before, the study said, so this new study gives researchers a fresh look at the behavior of submarine eruptions.
At press time, no Nazgûl were observed patrolling the volcanoes.
By Brandon Specktor | Originally published on Live Science