Because of her creation of the stars, Varda was the dearest of the Valar to the elves, who called to her for aid from Middle-earth. The Valar are divine beings below a greater, more ultimate Creator, Ilúvatar. Thus some equate the Valar of Middle-earth with saints and angels; thus Varda, in her role as the most loved and prayed-to Vala, may be an equivalent of the Virgin Mary in Tolkien's own Catholic faith.
wrought iron balcony decoration. From Architecture, décoration et ameublement pendant le dix-huitième siècle (Architecture, decoration, and furnitures in the 18th century), by Léon Roger-Milès, Paris, 1900. (Source: archive.org)
A detail of the salon’s plaster crown moldings at the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris. #thearchitectseye