The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien
Dates
The Moon first rose in I 1 (the beginning of the Years of the Sun)
Location
The lower regions of Ilmen
Origins
Steered a vessel made by Aulë and set aloft by Varda
Race
Division
Pronunciation
ti'lion
Meaning
'The horned'1
Other names
Also known in folklore as the Man in the Moon

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 23 December 2019
  • Updates planned: 1

Tilion

The steersman of the Moon

Originally a hunter of Oromë's people, famed for his silver bow. After the Darkening of Valinor, Tilion was chosen by the Valar to become the pilot of the Moon. Now he steers the last flower of Telperion across the sky, though sometimes by uncertain paths.


Notes

1

Tilion's name, meaning 'the horned' is presumably a reference to the 'horns' of the crescent Moon (often poetically named a 'horned Moon'). This implies that he was given the name Tilion after he took up his role as the steersman of the Moon.

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 23 December 2019
  • Updates planned: 1

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 2000, 2019. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.

Website services kindly sponsored by Your Free Personality Test, the free personality test online
Are you read for Your Free Personality Test? Take the ten-minute test online today and see your own eye-opening personality report.
The Encyclopedia of Arda
The Encyclopedia of Arda
Menu
Homepage Search Latest Entries and Updates Random Entry