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Dates
Created more than three Ages before the first rising of the Sun
Location
In the sky
Origins
Made by Varda from the dews of Telperion
Pronunciation
helloo'in
Meaning
'Ice blue'
Other names
Identified with the star Sirius1

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Helluin

The brightest of Varda’s stars

The name in Middle-earth for the star today known as the Dog Star, Sirius. Its name appears to mean 'ice-blue'.


Notes

1

In Tolkien's very early work The Lost Tales, the star we today call Sirius was first known simply as Gil, or 'star'. It rose on winter nights to follow the constellation of Telimektar (later Telumehtar, that is Orion) in a manner described as being like a 'Blue Bee'. From this comparison it developed another name, Nielluin, the 'Blue Bee' or 'Bee of Azure'. In later works the connection to bees was lost, and the name evolved to its final form of Helluin, meaning simply 'ice blue'.

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