‘She spoke no word; but being filled with love. Elwë came to her and took her hand, and straightway a spell was laid on him, so that they stood thus while long years were measured by the wheeling stars above them; and the trees of Nan Elmoth grew tall and dark before they spoke any word.’ (The Silmarillion)

What better way to spend Valentine’s weekend than with this sweet and enduring love story? Tolkien has often been criticised for neglecting the more romantic elements of his history, but in this chapter of the Silmarillion, we see that romance is far from non-existent in Middle Earth. This couple, and their progeny, are deeply entrenched in every great love story of Tolkien s imagination, from Beren and Lúthien to Aragorn and Arwen.

Moving on, we see the elves at last arrive in Valinor, and are taught and blessed by the Valar. We also see how the different groups of elves continue to grow apart, laying the foundations of much future sorrow.

But for now, the lands are filled with love, beauty and the light of the two trees. So, join us this weekend in #thehalloffire as we continue our study of The Silmarillion with The History of the Silmarils; Chapter 4 – Of Thingol and Melian & 5 – Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië.

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