Category: Characters

Half-Elven Part VI: The Last Ones

For most Tolkien fans, the quintessential Half-Elven are Arwen and her brothers, Elladan and Elrohir (but mostly Arwen). Confusing and unclear movie-lore aside (Wait, Arwen is dying? Why? Oh, now Aragorn is king and she’s alive. What’s going on here?), Arwen and her choice provide the most insight into the nature of the Half-Elven. Of course, Arwen’s (and particularly her brothers’) situation…

Half-Elven Part V: The Children of Choice

Chances are, when you think of half-Elven, you think of Elrond. After all, he was known as Elrond half-Elven. One could argue that while Elrond may not have been the most important of the Peredhil (I came to the conclusion last week that Eärendil and Elwing have that honor), he certainly was the most well-known. Unlike his predecessors, Elrond and his…

Half-Elven Part IV: The Union

After Lúthien, Eärendil and Elwing stand as the most important of the half-Elven. I decided to discuss them in the same blog post because, really, it’s nearly impossible to separate them. They’re in step with each other for nearly every part of their lives (except for Eärendil’s adventures on the sea, but that’s a completely different story–several stories, actually). Childhood…

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…

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…