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o'sseh
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'terror'2
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Ossë

The Maia of the coastlands

Ossë
Uinen

A Maia, the vassal of Ulmo, whose province was the coastal waters around Middle-earth. Uinen was his spouse, and he had the friendship of Círdan the Shipwright.


Notes

1

The Valaquenta tells us that Ossë was tempted away from Ulmo for a time by Melkor, and at that time he used his power over the sea to create chaos. Ultimately his spouse Uinen brought him back to Ulmo's service.

2

At least, according to The Etymologies (The History of Middle-earth Volume 5, The Lost Road and Other Writings III The Etymologies).

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