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- Oromë was the Great Huntsman and Horseman of the Valar. In ancient days, he was the Vala who came most often to Middle-earth to hunt the monsters of Melkor.
- He fought against Morgoth (Melkor) in the First Age.
- Béma was the name used by the Northmen for Oromë.
- The Sindar in Middle-earth had never crossed the Sea to Valinor, and so had names for only a few of the Valar.
- One was very familiar to them, however: the Huntsman of the Valar who had found them, newly awakened, by the shores of Cuiviénen.
- In those ancient days the Eldar gave him a name that was intended to mirror the sound of his great hunting horn, the Valaróma.
- As the languages of the Elves diverged, this name became Oromë in Quenya, but to the Sindar in Middle-earth this Vala was known as Araw.
- Legend said that Araw had brought extraordinary beasts to Middle-earth in ancient times, including the ancestors of the mearas of Rohan.
- To the east in Rhûn a kind of giant oxen could be found that were also said to have originated with the Huntsman, and so they were known as the Kine of Araw.
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