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In the earliest of legends of Middle Earth, of which Men and hobbits have heard barely a mention, there was an old Elf, Uolë Kúvion, who lived on the Moon in a crystal minaret.

Later Elves called the Moon Ilsaluntë, the silver moon ship or the silver shallop. It was guided by Tilion, a Maia of Oromë. After the Two Trees of Valinor were destroyed Tilion took the last flower of Telperion, the silver tree, up into the heavens and cared for it. Men know that last flower, housed in a vessel created by Aulë, as the Moon.

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I entered the "Who Would You Be?" Contest for Founders' Month May 2017:

From the 2010 PanOlympics

Nienna is now on Tardis Tales

Nienna the Weeper is one of the Valar who dwell in Aman.

The Valaquenta (in the Silmarillion) records that:

Mightier than Este is Nienna, sister of the Feanturi; she dwells alone. She is aquainted with grief, and mourns for every wound that Arda has suffered in the marring of Melkor. So great was her sorrow, as the Music unfolded, that her song turned to lamentation long before its end, and the sound of mourning was woven into the themes of the World before it began. But she does not weep for herself; and those who hearken to her learn pity, and endurance in hope. Her halls are west of West, upon the borders of the world; and she comes seldom to the city of Valimar where all is glad. She goes rather to the halls of Mandos, which are near to her own; and all those who wait in Mandos cry to her, for she brings strength to the spirit and turns sorrow to wisdom. The windows of her house look outward from the walls of the world.

Olorin, who was afterwards called Mithrandir, dwelt in Lorien and he often came to the house of Nienna, "and of her he learned pity and patience". Of Olorin it is said, "those who listened to him awoke from despair and put away the imaginations of darkness."

Both Yavanna and Nienna are associated with the Two Trees of Valinor:

And when Valinor was full-wrought and the mansions of the Valar were established, in the midst of the plain beyond the mountains they built their city, Valmar of many bells. Before its western gate there was a green mound, Ezellohar, that is named also Corollaire; and Yavanna hallowed it, and she sat there long upon the green grass and sang a song of power, in which was set all her thought of things that grow in earth. But Nienna thought in silence, and watered the mound with tears. In that time the Valar were gathered together to hear the song of Yavanna, and they sat silent upon their thrones of council in the Mahanaxar, the Ring of Doom near to the golden gates of Valmar; and Yavanna Kementari sang before them and they watched.

And as they watched, upon the mound there came forth two slender shoots; and silence was over all the world in that hour, nor was there any other sound save the chanting of Yavanna. Under her song the saplings grew and became fair and tall, and came to flower; and thus there awoke in the world the Two Trees of Valinor. Of all things which Yavanna made they have most renown, and about their fate all the tales of the Elder Days are woven.

Such is her pity that she spoke on behalf of Melkor when he asked for pardon from the Valar and promised to heal the hurts he had done to the world.

When Feanor, creator of the Silmarils, stood before the Valar and Melkor and stole away the Silmarils, it is said that," And Nienna arose and went up onto Ezellohar, and cast back her grey hood, and with her tears washed away the defilements of Ungoliant; and she sang in mourning for the bitterness of the world and the Marring of Arda."

After Feanor and the Noldor entered Middle-earth, it is said:

Then Manwe bade Yavanna and Nienna to put forth all their powers of growth and healing; and they put forth all their powers upon the Trees. But the tears of Nienna availed not to heal their mortal wounds; and for a long while Yavanna sang alone in the shadows. Yet even as hope failed and her song faltered, Telperion bore at last upon a leafless bough one great flower of silver, and Laurelin a single fruit of gold.

These Yavanna took; and then the Trees died, and their lifeless stems stand yet in Valinor, a memorial of vanished joy. But the flower and the fruit Yavanna gave to Aule, and Manwe hallowed them, and Aule and his people made vessels to hold them and preserve their radiance: as is said in the Narsilion, the Song of the Sun and Moon. These vessels the Valar gave to Varda, that they might become lamps of heaven, outshining the ancient stars, being nearer to Arda; and she gave them power to traverse the lower regions of Ilmen, and set them to voyage upon appointed courses above the girdle of the Earth from the West unto the East, and to return.

And so the Sun and Moon were created.

Note: The image comes from Women Illustrations, a Dover Electronic Clip Art CD-ROM and book.

Lion's Den

Nienna was the half-sister of Richard Bere, Abbot of Glastonbury. He was born c 1455. He was a Benedictine abbot and graduate of Oxford University. He was installed over Glastonbury Abbey in 1493. The Bishop of Bath and Wells rejected the other candidate, Thomas Wasyn. Bere or Beere was a friend of Erasmus and the New Learning. Her other half-brother was Robert Bere. Robert had a son, Richard. The younger Richard, the nephew of the abbot, became a Carthusian monk in London.

Nienna's husband, Antonio d'Este, was a cousin of the Marquis of Ferrara who had been born in Modena near the Republic of Florence. Modena was settled by the Villanovans during the Iron Age. The area was later settled by Ligurians, Etruscans, and the Gaulish Boii. In Etruscan times the settlement was known as Muoina. During Roman times it was called Mutina and was part of Cisalpine Gaul. It was on the crossroads between Via Aemilia and the road to Verona. It is an inland settlement between the Secchia and Panaro rivers, which come off of the Po River.

Both Modena and Ferrara were known for the education of their noble women. Women in the courts of Modena and Ferrara knew Latin and Greek and debated with the men. Ferrara (and Florence) were also known for their great tapestries, which added to the warmth and beauty of the courts. The young Nienna read works by Christine de Pisan (1364 - 1410). Christine was an Italian who grew up in the French court. Christine de Pisan knew the classical authors and wrote in Latin and French. She wrote Livre de la cité des dames (Book of the City of Ladies) in 1405, which argued that women would make good students. Cecilia Gonzaga (1425 - 1451) wrote Greek compositions in the northern Italian court of Mantua. Isotta Nogarola lived from 1418 - 1466 and studied the classics. Her understanding was praised by humanists but they also warned her not to marry or she would not be able to continue her studies. Others would follow. [Olympia Morata of Ferrara lived from 1526 - 1555 and knew Greek and Latin and wrote poems and dialogues in those languages. Marguerite of Navarre lived from 1492 - 1549 and she wrote stories that were published in 1558 as Heptameron, based on Bocaccio's Decameron]. Nienna was also interested in learning about medicine. She read the Greek botanical, anatomical, and medical works of Aristotle, Theophrastus, Galen (anatomical author), Pliny, Dioscorides, and Hippocrates. She also read translated medical works from Arabic authors. She also read Ermolao Barbaro the Younger's 1493 Castigationes Pliniae (Emendations of Pliny), which improved on Pliny.

Antonio d'Este was a scholar from the University of Modena (founded 1175), which had the 2nd oldest Atheneum in Italy. He came to the magnificent Glastonbury Abbey to study the documents in its scriptorium and to learn about the burial place of the famed King Arthur. Glastonbury Abbey had grown tremendously since a fire destroyed the Old Church, which had been made of wattle, in 1184. Since then the Abbey had become the second largest church in England. Only St. Paul's was bigger. Glastonbury Abbey had hundreds of houses giving rent to the Church, an altar to St. Thomas of Canterbury (Thomas Becket), built between 1253 and 1260, a restored chapterhouse, a central tower, a magnificent hall, the Abbot's Kitchen (a separate dining hall for guests and pilgrims), an image of Our Lady St. Mary of Glastonbury, an organ, eleven bells, paintings, and a new chapel on the Tor for St. Michael that replaced an earlier Norman chapel of St. Michael on the Tor that had been damaged by an earthquake. The 1300s had seen new guest accomodations and administrative offices, an embellished St. Dunstan's shrine, an altar to St. Andrew, a splendid wardrobe of vestments, 22 statues, an improved chapterhouse, a new cloister and dormitory, and a new cemetary chapel. The 1400s had seen the completion of the chapterhouse and a church to St. John the Baptist outside of the Abbey. Even before the Normal Conquest, the Abbey had been important both religiously and politically. Glastonbury's abbots sat in the House of Lords. The Abbot of Glastonbury had a mitre, like a bishop and he ruled over 50 - 80 monks. His revenue exceeded that of a bishop and his establishment rivalled that of Westminster. The Abbot's seal bore the Blessed Virgin, St. Catherine, St. Margaret, St. Dunstan, St. Patrick, and St. Benignus. It was said that if the Abbot of Glastonbury married the Abbess of Shaftesbury they would have more land than the King of England. The Abbot had land in Somerset, Cornwall, and Wales. It was said, by the Abbots of Glastonbury, that St. Patrick, St. Bridget, St. Gildas of Brittany, and others lay buried under the Abbey, although other countries disputed that claim. But more importantly, Arthur and his queen, Guinevere were said to be buried under the Abbey. So people came from far and wide to visit Glastonbury Abbey.

While Antonio d'Este was in the scriptorium at Glastonbury Abbey, he met Nienna, the learned half-sister of the Abbot of Glastonbury. Antonio, having grown up in Modena and Ferrara, was comfortable with dealing with educated women. His own mother, Sibylla, could read and write as well as any man.

Nienna's husband served at Glastonbury in the scriptorium before his untimely death. They were both devoted to Glastonbury's great library, which was considered one of the best in England. By the 13th century it held over 500 volumes, which included books by the Latin Fathers, school men, law, chronicle, and books of devotion. It also had works by Boethius, Virgil, Plato, Porphyry, Aristotle, Priscian, Persius, Claudian, various astronomers, geographers, and musicians. It also had dictionaries. Nienna's husband, a graduate of Oxford University (Merton College), had also been a patron of the Oxford University Library. That library still had many of the manuscripts donated to it by Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (brother of Henry V of England). [These manuscripts would later be sold when the library fell on hard times in the late 1500s. Duke Humphrey's library would be reinvigorated by Sir Thomas Bodley starting in 1598 and would be renamed the Bodleian Library].

Antonio and Nienna fell in love. They were married in Glastonbury Abbey and had two sons, Gwynlliw (William) and Frioc (named after the Welsh brother of Arthur). Then Antonio's mother, Sibylla, became ill and the family relocated to Modena in Italy. Their daughter, Ginevra, was born there. The two oldest children were attending the University of Modena when their father, Antonio, sickened and died. Then Henry VII of England sickened and died. Nienna decided to return to her natal home of Glastonbury. She was accompanied by her three children.

Nienna was born in 1460. Gwynlliw (William or Guillermo) was born in 1485, Frioc in 1490, and Ginevra (Guinevere) in 1496. Nienna has vowed that she will not remarry. She works at Glastonbury Abbey as a healer and botanist. She knows Latin, Greek, Italian, French, Welsh, and English. She owns several horses, including her good grey mare, Bronwe athan Harthad (Endurance beyond Hope). In 1509 Nienna d'Este is 49, Gwynlliw or William d'Este is 24, Frioc d'Este is 19, and Ginevra d'Este is 13.

In 1539 she is 79. William is 54, Frioc is 49, Ginevra/Guinevere is 43.

The Abbot of Glastonbury has a very high status. He sits in the House of Lords and has more money than an archbishop. But Nienna is not the Abbot of Glastonbury. She is the half-sister of the Abbot of Glastonbury. As a woman she took the status of her late husband. Her husband was a a cousin of the Marquis of Ferrara and a scholar of the University of Modena and worked in the scriptorium at Glastonbury. So she is lucky to find good matches for her children.

William married c 1512, sons Anthony d'Este (bc 1517, age 22), Richard d'Este (bc 1520, age 19), and Thomas d'Este (bc 1525, age 14)

Frioc d'Este married Thomasine Whyting c 1515, son Geoffrey d'Este (bc 1518, age 21) and daughter Lynette d'Este (bc 1523, age 16), and son Percival d'Este (bc 1527, age 12)

Guinevere/Ginevra married c 1516. She is 43 in 1539. She married James Fromond, a descendant of Geoffrey Fromond, who built much of Glastonbury Abbey in the early 1300s, including the Abbot's Kitchen (for guests and pilgrims rather than for the community of Glastonbury). James Fromond is a member of the court of the Marquis of Exeter and Guinevere Fromond is a lady-in-waiting with the Marquis of Exeter. The Marquis of Exeter was the most powerful nobleman in the West Country and was a cousin of Reginald Pole. She has a son, Peregrine (bc 1520, age 19), and two daughters, Bridget (bc 1524, 15), Eleanor (bc 1529, age10), and Isabel (bc 1532, age 7).

Star Wars: The Saga

Long ago Nienna had been born to the Tuskens in the deserts of Tatooine. She was orphaned during one of the frequent fights between the Tuskens and the intruding "settlers". One of the settler families, the Anglethorns, took her in to their home in the Pika Oasis. They were the ones who gave her the name, Nienna. They thought she was about 6 at the time, although she was actually a little older. Less than a year later her sensitivity to the Force was noticed by Myri Vorru, a traveling merchant from Corellia. The merchant came regularly to Tatooine to purchase jerked dewback meat, jerked bantha meat, and other bantha products. Myri Vorru brought Nienna to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and had her tested.

The Jedi found Nienna was suitable for Jedi training but they were concerned about her age. Younglings from the ages of 4 - 8 were usually trained in clans. Each clan was made up of about 20 members. Nienna, who was perhaps 7, had a lot of catching up to do when she joined the Aiwha clan.

As a Jedi Apprentice or Initiate, Nienna enjoyed learning about other cultures and how to use a training lightsaber, which was not as powerful as a real one. As an initiate, Nienna was taught Form I or Shii-Cho. Shii-Cho employed horizontal side-swipes and parries to defeat one's opponent. Shii-Cho was the first form taught to initiates because of its simplicity. Other forms were taught to padawans.

Nienna also found that she was drawn to helping people with their hurts and disputes. She spent more time in the Jedi Library than many initiates did and she helped the librarians with their projects. But inwardly she rebelled against the many constricting rules that the Jedi had to follow. She dreamed of the day she would be able to decide things for herself. She worried that no one would want to take her as their padawan.

When none of the Jedi had taken her as their padawan, the 13 year old Nienna was consigned to the Jedi Service Corp. Her only satisfaction was that she avoided the Agricultural Corp, which is where most failed initiates went. She started with the Medical Corp. before being transferred to the Exploration Corp. as a medic. The Exploration Corp. or ExplorCorps charted systems in the Unknown Regions. In time, she left the Jedi Service Corp. and entered the world of Coruscant.

She had a hard time adjusting to life on Coruscant as she still wrapped herself in cloths like the Tuskens. The non-Jedi were not as accepting of her Tusken-style dress. She considered moving back to Tatooine for a time. Eventually, one of the Jedi Librarians helped Nienna get a job as a cook at a local eatery. Later, another librarian helped her get a job at the University of Coruscant Press. That gave her the time she needed to decide what to do with the rest of her life.

While she was at the University of Coruscant Press she found that her co-workers enjoyed inviting her to their parties. They loved her Alderaanian Flatbread, Corellian Mounder Potato Rice, Bantha Rump Roast with Wookiee seasonings, and Rycrit Stew from Ryloth. They also liked some of the Tatooine dishes she made, such as dustcrepes and nausages, Cream of Womprat Soup, and H'Kak Bean Tea. They encouraged her to start her own restaurant. So she decided to open the Galactic Cantina and Grill.

Time Lords' Awards

My Novels:

New Tales From Middle Earth
Star Wars: The Saga
Zone : Fantasy
Zone : Science Fiction
Pax Romana - Out of Print
The Lion's Den
Zone : History
Babylon 6: A New Era
Early American Narratives

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