Month: April 2014

On Elvish Mothers

In Morgoth’s Ring, there is a fascinating essay on the “Laws and Customs of the Eldar,” particularly concerning marriage, childbirth, and Elvish mothers. Much of the essay discusses the ceremonies and customs around betrothals and marriages. However, there are a few paragraphs that cover a topic rarely discussed in Tolkien’s writings: the bearing of children. The part that I find particularly…

Half-Elven Part III: Those Denied the Choice

The first individual to be a blend of Elf-kind and mankind was Dior Aranel, the son of Beren and Lúthien. Despite his important heritage, Dior isn’t discussed much in the legendarium and little is known about him. Because he had the blood of three different raises flowing through his veins, he was called “the beautiful.” Aranel translates to “royal Elf,” an…

Silmarillion Character Profile: Finarfin

One of the most daunting things about reading The Silmarillion is keeping all of the names straight. I love the Silm, so I want to make it more accessible for the general reader with brief character profiles. Name: Finarfin Immediate Family: Wife: Eärwen Son #1: Finrod Felagund Son #2: Orodreth (debatable, but that’s for another profile) Son #3: Angrod Son #4: Aegnor…

Half-Elven Part II: The Choice of Lúthien

[I]n his fate Lúthien was caught, and being immortal she shared in his mortality, and being free received his chain; and her anguish was greater than any other of the Eldalië has known (Silmarillion, 165-6). Lúthien Tinúviel is vital to any discussion of the Half-Elven, although she technically is not one of them. Indeed, she is one of the central…

The Choice of the Half-Elven

I must indeed abide the Doom of Men, whether I will or I nill: the loss and the silence. But I say to you, King of the Númenoreans, not till now have I understood the tale of your people and their fall. As wicked fools I scorned them, but I pity them at last. For if this is indeed, as…

6 Reasons I Dislike Tauriel

Since The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes out on DVD and Blu-ray today, I thought I would comment on that element of the movie which has received possibly the most comments: Tauriel. A fair amount of (primarily digital and therefor metaphorical) ink has been spilled over Tauriel, the female Elf introduced in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. While there are some very well-reasoned…