The Wain

 / Wain
   A Mannish name for the Sickle of the Valar.
   The name in the northern lands of Middle-earth for the constellation we know today as the Plough or the Big Dipper. In Tolkien's mythology, these seven stars were set in the sky by Varda in the shape of a mighty sickle, as a warning to Melkor and his underlings. The Men and Hobbits of the northern lands seem to have been ignorant of this, though: they gave these stars the more prosaic name of 'the Wain', meaning a wagon or cart.
   Other Names: The Sickle of the Valar, Valacirca.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth glossary. . 2003.

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  • The Wain — Wain Wain, n. [OE. wain, AS. w[ae]gn; akin to D. & G. wagen, OHG. wagan, Icel. & Sw. vagn, Dan. vogn, and E. way. ????. See {Way}, {Weigh}, and cf. {Wagon}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A four wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • the Wain — 1. Charles s Wain 2. The Lesser Wain • • • Main Entry: ↑wain …   Useful english dictionary

  • the wain — Charles s Wain, the Great Bear, Ursa Major …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Wain — Wain, n. [OE. wain, AS. w[ae]gn; akin to D. & G. wagen, OHG. wagan, Icel. & Sw. vagn, Dan. vogn, and E. way. ????. See {Way}, {Weigh}, and cf. {Wagon}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A four wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wain rope — Wain Wain, n. [OE. wain, AS. w[ae]gn; akin to D. & G. wagen, OHG. wagan, Icel. & Sw. vagn, Dan. vogn, and E. way. ????. See {Way}, {Weigh}, and cf. {Wagon}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A four wheeled vehicle for the transportation of goods, produce, etc.; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wain — [wān] n. [ME < OE wægn, wheeled vehicle, akin to Du & Ger wagen < PGmc * wagna < IE * woĝhno < base * weĝh , to move > L vehere, to carry] [Old Poet.] a wagon or cart a wagon or cart the Wain CHARLES S WAIN …   English World dictionary

  • The Seven Stars —    The Sickle of the Valar.         And in answer he sang a song of challenge that he had made in praise of the Seven Stars, the Sickle of the Valar that Varda hung above the North as a sign for the fall of Morgoth. (Quenta Silmarillion 19, Of… …   J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth glossary

  • Wain — This interesting name is of early medieval origin and is a metonymic occupational name for a carter, a driver of a wain or waggon, and sometimes for a waggon builder. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century Waegn , Waegen , Middle …   Surnames reference

  • the great bear — Charles s Wain, the Wain, Ursa Major …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • The Plays of William Shakespeare — was an eighteenth century edition of the dramatic works of William Shakespeare, edited by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. Johnson announced his intention to edit Shakespeare s plays in his Miscellaneous Observations on Macbeth (1745), and a… …   Wikipedia


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