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Thursday, 29 May 2014

We Should Give More Credit To Celeborn

Dear friends,

Now you know what a big fan I am of Tolkien and of Lord of The Rings, so bare with me today while I shall rant about the injustice of not presenting Celeborn more in the motion pictures. Celeborn is a fictional character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. He appears in The Lord of the Rings as the Elven husband of Galadriel, Lord of the Galadhrim, and co-ruler along with Galadriel of Lothlórien. He was the father of Celebrían, the wife of Elrond, and thus the grandfather of Arwen Evenstar and her older brothers Elladan and Elrohir. He was also a kinsman of the First Age Elven King Thingol. Celeborn means "(tall) silver tree" in Tolkien's invented language of Sindarin. Within Lothlórien itself he is called simply Lord Celeborn or The Lord (more often with Galadriel as The Lord and Lady). He is called Celeborn the Wise by Galadriel.
Celeborn's ancestry is not exactly certain. He first appears in The Lord of the Rings, and he does not appear at all in Tolkien's (at the time unpublished) existing legends of the First Age, The Silmarillion. Tolkien felt that an Elf of Celeborn's importance should have noble ancestry, and spent several years trying to resolve his origins. After all, Celeborn was said to be the wisest elf in Middle-Earth at the end of the Third Age.
The chamber was filled with a soft light; its walls were green and silver and its roof of gold. Many Elves were seated there. On two chairs beneath the bole of the tree and canopied by a living bough there sat, side by side, Celeborn and Galadriel. They stood up to greet their guests, after the manner of Elves, even those who were accounted mighty kings. Very tall they were, and the Lady no less tall than the Lord; and they were grave and beautiful. They were clad wholly in white; and the hair of the Lady was of deep gold, and the hair of the Lord Celeborn was of silver long and bright; but no sign of age was upon them, unless it were in the depths of their eyes; for these were keen as lances in the starlight, and yet profound, the wells of deep memory. ( J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring )
Galadriel his sister went not with him to Nargothrond, for in Doriath dwelt Celeborn, kinsman of Thingol, and there was great love between them. Therefore she remained in the Hidden Kingdom, and abode with Melian, and of her learned great lore and wisdom concerning Middle-earth. (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion) 

I think that they are the second favourite couple from the LOTR trilogy - and no! Arwen & Aragorn are not the number 1, but Faramir & Eowyn are! Just imagine the fair and wise Galadriel, she could have chosen anyone - any elf that she would wish - and she choose the perfect match. Celeborn managed - after the fall of Sauron - to make Thranduil accept the splitting of the Woodland Realm. He renamed the forest the Wood of Greenleaves. Thranduil was still the king of the northern part of the forest, yet the center part was given to the Beornings and the Woodmen + the southern part was attached to Lothlorien. Galadriel left ahead in 3021 (at the end of the Third Age) with their daughter to the Undying Lands. Despite their love, Celeborn stayed but after a few years he began to grow weary, so he went to Rivendell to his grandsons (Arwen's brothers) for a while. Eventually he went to the Grey Havens and sailed back to Galadriel. It is said that "with him went the last living memory of the Elder Days in Middle Earth"...

Yours truly,
A Fan Of Galadriel & Celeborn - The Ladybug