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estuschan4 hours ago
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I painted @eldalagren (IG) this week, step by step images on my instagram (I tend to be more active there for the time being) . Original photograph by @mornienna 馃尶
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entertainmentnerdly4 hours ago
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Beautiful Middle McCloud Falls without any people McCloud, California [1600x2000][OC] via /r/EarthPorn
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elrondsyoungest9 hours ago
imagine spending the holidays at grandma鈥檚, grandma being galadriel
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saurons-pr-department10 hours ago
I have finally read the Athrabeth!
Now, I already know that I'm going to have to go back over it with a highlighter and pen to soak up as much as I can from it, but there was one passage that I wanted to comment on now.
Mainly* because it was something that just really surprised me? I just, would feel the exact opposite to this.
Anyway, it's part of Finrod's explanation of why Aegnor has opted to not be in a relationship with Andreth.
For context, Andreth has just said that she wouldn't have trouble Aegnor once she was elderly "I would not have hobbled as a hag after his bright feet, when I could no longer run beside him!". Finrod then points out that Aegnor would hardly abandon her once she was elderly, but he would end up pitying her and that he'd rather not shame her like that.
He then continues:
"Andreth, adaneth, the life and love of the Eldar dwells much in memory; and we (if not ye) would rather have a memory that is fair but unfinished than one that goes on to a grievous end. Now he will ever remember thee in the sun of morning, and that last evening with a star caught in thy hair - ever, until the North-wind brings night to his flame. Yea, and after that, sitting in the House of Mandos in the Halls of Awaiting until the end of Arda."
Essentially, it's better for him to have memories of what she looked like when she was young and pretty than to have memories of a whole (human) life together because then some of those memories would involve her being elderly and potentially frail or ill? There's just something that strikes me as so oddly shallow? The 'good' memories are literally just what she looks like? And this is better than memories of spending time with her?? Spending time making more and more memories???
There is a bit not much earlier, where Finrod explains that the Eldar don't marry or have children during war time or uncertain times. As a reason for Aegnor not to want to go ahead and actually be with Andreth, this seems fairly sound. We're just looking at a case of cultural differences. But the reason in the paragraph above? Doesn't make a lot of sense... 'Elves love memories, so naturally he chose to have less memories of you'.
As a side note, I feel there's something to be said here for how the Elves (in various bits and pieces that I've read) keep brushing off Men's worries and dislike of growing old and dying as some kind of sign of a Darkness within them, yet here we have Elves who, when confronted with someone they love growing old and dying, their solution is to turn away from it. They won't face it head on. It's a natural part of life that should bring no fear or sadness! ...until they have to experience it themselves... "would rather have a memory that is fair but unfinished than one that goes on to a grievous end"
(To be fair, this is not the only time in Tolkien's writing where I've seen women's beauty being their main stated-in-the-text value... so it may be that this is related to that. There's a smack of it alright....)
Anyway, I'll need to have another read to properly grasp what was being said. Parts were getting a bit philosophical for my little brain!
Actually! Another side note before I go! Fingolphin and Finarphin are deeply cursed spellings that I wish I have never had to see with mine own eyeballs...
*I got as far as writing 'Mai' and my hands automatically typed 'Mairon'. There really is no hope for me XD And now I sound like Andreth!
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houndsofvalinor-art10 hours ago
Hi!! I just wanted to say, your art is absolutely stunning and I adore it!
Hello!! Thank you so much! That was such a nice thing to see in my inbox yesterday. Please have a little Silver Gifting sketch, in a moment when things are almost nice
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lotrscenery11 hours ago
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Skofja Loka, Slovenia
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seven7-712 hours ago
Click here for finding your hobbit name...
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icarus-fell-in-spring14 hours ago
MtL to be insecure about themselves or their past mistakes?( Arafinw毛ian family)
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lordoftheringsfanart15 hours ago
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Eowyn and the Nazgul by Quang Ho Source:
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of-two-lands18 hours ago
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44掳35'09.7"S 169掳38'26.1"E
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holykhepri18 hours ago
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galadhremmin23 hours ago
Anyway Finrod related thought 543334 or so.
Leithian is about release from so many types of bondage; it is also release from the bond of Finrod's Doom. He doesn't evade it entirely; he does die. But he goes willingly, and not for his own sake-- and there is no 'to evil ends' for him. His grave is green and he walks with Finarfin in Valinor after.
I don't think such a quick rebirth is indicated for any of the other Exiles, certainly not for someone like Fingon.
Finrod's throwing down his crown also feels significant, in the light of his motivation for leaving being in part that he wanted lands of his own to rule.
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lathalea23 hours ago
Congrats on your follower milestone!
I say it couldn't happen to a nicer person...and I don't even know you half as well as I should like ;-)
Awww 馃グ You are so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words 馃挋馃挋馃挋
Majestic Monday Celebration
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lotrscenerya day ago
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elrondsyoungesta day ago
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鈥淢oon-letters are rune-letters, but you cannot see them,鈥 said Elrond, 鈥渘ot when you look straight at them. They can only be seen when the moon shines behind them, and what is more, with the more cunning sort it must be a moon of the same shape and season as the day when they were written. The dwarves invented them and wrote them with silver pens... These must have been written on a midsummer's eve in a crescent moon, a long while ago.鈥
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bilboybaggy-pantsa day ago
Happy Father鈥檚 Day to every dad, but specifically Elrond................ sorry you can鈥檛 spend it with your children in the undying lands
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dimdiamonda day ago
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make your dreams come true
@vampyrologic you dared me
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