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Osse \Osse\, n. [Gr. ?.] A prophetic or ominous utterance. [R. & Obs.]


Ossë (; from the ValarinOšošai, Oššai) is a fictional character in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. He is introduced in The Silmarillion as an angelic being known as a Maia, associated with Ulmo, one of the Valar (analogous to archangels).

A spirit of the sea in the service of Ulmo, Ossë guarded the waters around Middle-earth. He was married to Uinen, and he was 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 traveling by sea particularly unsafe. He was persuaded to stop by his spouse Uinen, upon the prayer of the Vala Aulë, but Ossë's taste for storms did not quite disappear.

Ossë was a friend of the Sindar, and was 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 went to Valinor.

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


Ossé is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France.

Osse (river)

The Osse is a long river in southwestern France, right tributary of the river Gélise. Its source is in the Hautes-Pyrénées, southeast of the village Bernadets-Debat, in the Plateau de Lannemezan. It joins the river Gélise southwest of the town Nérac.

Its course crosses the following départements and communes:

  • Hautes-Pyrénées: Bernadets-Debat
  • Gers: Montesquiou, Saint-Arailles, Vic-Fezensac, Mouchan
  • Lot-et-Garonne: Fréchou, Moncrabeau, Lannes