Middle-earth (part of the continent of Arda, where Elves and Men, along with the Dwarves, came into being) must have been a fantastic place to live in a time where magic was present and even the smallest person could change the course of the future. In 1917, a young JRR Tolkien saw his wife Edith dancing in a glade near Roos, Yorkshire and this became the inspiration for him to write an unfinished poem The Lay of Leithian meaning Release from Bondage. This is a tale about Beren and Lúthien and Tolkien once reflected that the Lord of the Rings was a sequel to the Beren and Lúthien story. Lúthien was an elf born in the early First Age, before Men even existed. She is the daughter of the Maia Melian (an immortal powerful being of Middle-earth and Gandalf and Sauron were also Maiar) and Thingol, the King of Doriath. Lúthien was one of the most beautiful people ever to walk the earth. She lived a happy and sheltered life in the kingdom of Doriath for many hundreds of years before she first encounters Beren. Beren is a nobleman of the House of Bëor who is in exile as a member of his father’s band of outlaws. Beren saw Lúthien and they fell in love but Thingol would only allow the mortal Beren to marry the immortal Lúthien on the condition that Beren returns with one of the Silmarils (three fictional brilliant jewels composed of the unmarred light of the Two Trees) from Morgoth, the first Dark Lord (and, at this time, Sauron’s master). King Thingol figures that this will drive Beren away, but to his surprise, Beren accepts the quest and vows not to return until he holds a Silmaril in his hand.
Aragorn would become the greatest Man of his time, leading the Men of the West against Sauron’s forces, helping to destroy the One Ring, and reuniting the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor. When Aragorn was 12, he was singing a part of the Lay of Lúthien as walked in the woods, and this is when he witnessed the beauty of Arwen for the first time, who was clad in a mantle of silver and blue. Mistaking her for Lúthien, he called to her by that name, and from that moment on, he loved only her. Aníron was the love-theme for Aragorn and Arwen, and this song translates into “I desire” from Sindarin the Elvish language. Aragorn was said to be, “Tall as the sea-kings of old, he stood above all that were near; ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him.”
Aragorn wore a green stone around his neck an Elfstone called the Elessar that originally came from Galadriel. The Elessar was green as the leaves but had the light of the Sun trapped within it; it was marveled by the Noldor, and those who looked through it were said to see the withered or aged as whole and young again. It was even claimed to grant some power of healing to its wearer. Galadriel was very wise and one of the most beautiful elves of her time. She is the grandmother to Arwen and she is also known as the Lady of Light. Galadriel gave her Elfstone to her daughter Celebrían, who in turn gave it to her daughter Arwen. The Elessar was a wedding gift from the family of the bride to the groom, foretelling his marriage to Arwen, but they could not be married till the war was over and he became king.
The Lay of Leithian is a long poem, but I copied the first verse, so you could get an idea of this beautiful poem. A king there was in days of old: ere Men yet walked upon the mould his power was reared in caverns’ shade, his hand was over glen and glade. Of leaves his crown, his mantle green, his silver lances long and keen; the starlight in his shield was caught, ere moon was made or sun was wrought.
The translation for Aníron is as follows. “From darkness I understand the night: dreams flow, a star shines Ah! I desire Evenstar Look! A star rises out of the darkness The song of the star enchants my heart Ah! I desire…”
Written for Laura M. Bailey All The Shoes I Wear Manic Mondays 3 way Prompt: a picture of an angel, the word dirge and the song Aníron by Enya.