Ossë was a Maia of Ulmo. His name means "terror" in Quenya. He was called Gaerys (the "Awesome") in Sindarin. His mate was Uinen.

He was Master of the Seas of Middle-earth, and he loved the coastal waters and the Inner Seas. He rejoiced in the wind of Manwë, as Ossë loved storms and he laughed amid the roaring of the waves.

He was highly unpredictable, and sea-farers were cautious of his capriciousness. Early on, Melkor tried to draw Ossë to his allegiance, promising him all the realm and power of Ulmo if only he would serve him. During that time, great tumults arose in the sea and brought ruin to the lands. However, Uinen, at the prayer of Aulë, restrained Ossë and brought him before Ulmo. Ossë was pardoned and he returned to his allegiance. But his delight in violence never totally deserted him, and at times he raged in his wilfulness without any command from Ulmo.

Ossë was a great friend to the Teleri Elves, especially Círdan the Shipwright. He taught them how to build ships, as well as all manner of sea-music and sea-lore, and he persuaded the Falathrim to remain in Middle Earth.

At the beginning of the Second Age he raised Andor out of the Sea.

[edited by atalante_star]
Encyclopedia entry originally written by Abraon