Ossë

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In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Ossë (from the Valarin Ošošai, Oššai) is a Maia associated with Ulmo.

A spirit of the sea in the service of Ulmo, he guards the waters around Middle-earth. Uinen is his wife, and he is a friend of Círdan the Shipwright. During the Years of the Trees, he briefly entered into the service of Melkor and began causing wanton storms which made travelling by sea particularly unsafe. He was persuaded to stop by Uinen, but his taste for storms did not quite disappear.

Ossë is a friend of the Sindar, and is valued as high as the Valar by them. This relationship started before the coming of the Sindar to Valinor, while they dwelled on shores of Middle-earth, waiting for their leader. It was against Ossë's will that they ever go to Valinor.

In older versions of The Silmarillion, Ossë is a Vala in his own right, and often opposed a Maia of Ulmo.

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