Melian the Maia is a fictional character in the fantasy-world Middle-earth of the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. She appears in The Silmarillion, the epic poem The Lay of Leithian, The Children of Húrin, the Annals of Aman and the Grey Annals. A visual description of Melian is given in the Lay of Leithian: There Melian came, the Lady grey, and dark and long her tresses lay, beneath her silver girdle seat and down unto her silver feet. She is a Maia of the race of the Ainur, akin to Yavanna. Before the First Age, in the Years of the Trees, she left the gardens of Lórien and went to Middle-earth, and there she fell in love with the Elven-king Elu Thingol, King Greymantle, and with him ruled the kingdom of Doriath. She had a child with Thingol, a daughter named Lúthien, said to be the fairest and most beautiful of all the Children of Ilúvatar. Melian's line of descent is the half-elven. Her name Melian is Sindarin for Beloved. The name derives from the Quenya "Melyanna", either "Dear Gift" or "Gift of Love" (Q. melya, "dear, lovely"