Mortal Man Loves the Immortal Elf Maiden

Aragorn made his choice the second that he saw Arwen, pledging himself to her when they met in the Lay of Luthien.  At only 20 years old, Aragorn decided that this woman was the one he wanted to be with for the rest of his days.  Aragorn meets Arwen, when he was wandering the woods, humming a folk song about Luthien, an ancient, beautiful elf, who fell in love with a man named Beren and became the first elf to marry a human.  Aragorn and Arwen are actually the great-grandchildren of Luthien and Beren and Elrond, Arwen’s father, chose life as an elf, while his brother, Elros began the line of Dunedain men, becoming a forefather for many kings was an ancestor of Aragorn, so they are distant cousins that share the same bloodline.  Arwen didn’t feel sure about her love of Aragorn until he came back twenty-nine years later, after of fighting for Gondor and Rohan under the name of Strider.  She eventually realized that he was the one and they promised to marry before the war got in their way.  Aragorn was a man, but he could understand Arwen and her life more than the average man ever would, because he was raised as an elf.  Aragorn was raised under the tutelage of Elrond and him and Arwen explored the halls of Rivendell together as children.

Aragorn was part of a special clan whose royal bloodline lived much longer lives than the average human, since he was a half-elf.  Arwen is immortal being an elf and she is thousands of years old and still maintains her beauty.  Their love story spans 190 years, over most all of Aragorn’s life and Aragorn would eventually live to be 210.  Arwen’s maternal grandmother was Galadriel, Lady of Light and she gave Aragorn Arwen’s Evenstar, a beautiful necklace that signified her blessing of the eternal love they shared.  Arwen chose mortality to be with the man she loved and this meant that she would die whenever the thing that she chose over immortality died.  One year after Aragorn’s inevitable passing, she basically died of a broken heart.  Despite their differences, they fell in love and between their devotion to one another and the obstacles they overcame to be together, their love got them through the darkest times that Middle-earth had ever seen and it became a light at the end of the tunnel during the brutal war for the ring.

Today is the Aragorn & Arwen love theme on Love Is In Da Blog and we are asked to find a classical love piece and/or write a poem in your own invented language (With translation please).  I am going with one of the more romantic songs out there and I guess that ‘You Are So Beautiful’ could be called a classical love piece because it is one of the most-recognized songs in America that stands out for its beauty.  ‘You Are So Beautiful’ was written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher and it was released in 1974 on Preston’s ninth studio album, The Kids & Me.  It was the B-side of his hit single ‘Nothing From Nothing’.  Later that same year, English singer Joe Cocker released a slower version of the song on his album I Can Stand a Little Rain.  Cocker’s version was produced by Jim Price in November 1974, and the single became one of Cocker’s biggest chart hits, peaking at #5 on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, and at #4 on Canada’s Top Singles chart.

The keyboardist and organist Billy Preston backed up Little Richard and Sam Cooke, and as a child prodigy he played with Nat King Cole and Mahalia Jackson.  Billy is featured on some of the biggest albums in rock history, including the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. and Sticky Fingers, and he was on The Beatles’ Abbey Road album, although he was not credited however he appeared in their final rooftop performance.  Preston played on most of the Beatles’ solo work and he also worked with The Band, Eric Burdon, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, King Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, the Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Mick Jagger, Richie Sambora, Sly Stone, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ringo Starr.

There is a legend that says Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys helped Preston to complete this song, however Wilson never received a songwriting credit for it, but Dennis must have felt that this song was at least partially his, as he sang it for many years at Beach Boys concerts.  The story says that Dennis and Billy Preston were at a party and Preston was at the piano messing around and Dennis sat down and came up with some lyrics for the song.  It seems like Dennis didn’t care about or want the credit, but he created his own framework of ownership by playing it so much.  Maybe, That’s The Way God Planned It.

Billy Preston wrote this song as a tribute to his mother, who worked as a secretary at a funeral home, was a church musician and also worked as a stage actress.  Sam Moore, half of the soul duo Sam & Dave, assumed this was a standard love song and he often performed the tune to attract girls.  Preston was appalled to learn that Moore was using the song as a means to attract young women each time he sang it in concert.  After bragging to Preston about his exploits with the song, Preston finally set him straight, and Moore was very embarrassed and he felt stupid after hearing that.  Preston’s loyal last manager was Joyce Moore, the wife of R&B legend Sam Moore and he relied on her for advice, friendship, and bi-weekly trips to take him for dialysis.  Cocker sang this at Billy Preston’s funeral in 2006.

You are so beautiful
To me
You are so beautiful
To me
Can’t you see
You’re everything I hoped for
You’re everything I need
You are so beautiful
To me

You are so wonderful
To me
You are so wonderful
To me
Can’t you see
You’re everything I hoped for
You’re everything I need
You are so wonderful
To me

You are so beautiful
To me
You are so beautiful
To me
Can’t you see
You’re everything I hoped for
You’re everything I need
You are so beautiful
To me

Written for Love Is In Da Blog 2021 Great Love Stories Aragorn & Arwen where today you can find a classical love piece and/or write a poem in your own invented language (With translation please).

7 thoughts on “Mortal Man Loves the Immortal Elf Maiden

  1. Cocker is great…I’m glad I got to see him in the late nineties. Dennis Wilson…it’s hard watching him because of what happened…just sad.

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