A couple of questions about Elven names

How do Sindarin names work? I saw somewhere that if you want a name to mean brown stone for example, it has to be stone+brown but Celeborn suggests the opposite. Does Quenya work differently?

Also, why is it Iminye/Imin but Tatie/Tata? Shouldn’t it be Atatie/Atata, with the stem-vowel prefixed?

AU Queens of the Elves.

Galadriel at different stages of her life. Top is her arrival in Doriath (ignore the ship background, I was making Earwen and forgot to change it). Middle left is her as Lady of Eregion and middle right as Lady of Lorien. Bottom is her ready for battle.



Green Day
| Boulevard of broken dreams

Oasis | wonderwall

Travis | Writing to reach you

Aerosmith | Dream on

mash up.


Well, that was the greatest thing I’ve ever filled my ears with.



Ëarwen and the reborn Finduilas, talking with Celebrian, who arrived in Valinor broken and desolate but is thankfully on the way to recovery :) (This picture goes according to the canon that Finduilas is Earwen’s granddaughter just as Celebrian is.)

(Giveaway art #2, for laurelsblue)

Thank you! This is perfect.



I was looking at a list of articles on medieval queens/women recently and came across this. (Basically it’s about the changing interpretation of the story of Judith and attitudes to women wielding (military) power in medieval Europe.) And just now I was wondering what might be an equivalent story in Middle-earth and thought of Aerin, so now my headcanon is that in Middle-earth, men are secretly terrified of the possibility that their wives might follow Aerin’s example. But joking aside, I definitely think her story gets re-interpreted a lot? You’ve got resistance to an invader (for times of war), loyalty to her own people (I hate to say it but I wouldn’t be surprised if this got empathised during the Kinstrife), and how not to treat your wife (general morality lesson).

(Source: house-weasley)

May 3

Early Arnorian men’s fashion and politics

This was going to be part of another post but it got off-topic so it gets its own.

Numenorean clothing was very elaborate, with lots of decoration (think Byzantine) and sumptuary laws were pretty strict, particularly by the end. After the Downfall, a lot of that vanished. Arnor went further than Gondor in this as there were less Numenorean settlers there and the pre-Downfall ones had been influenced heavily by the native peoples (who were a mixture of Beorian and Hadorian-related peoples.)

This rejection of Numenorean fashion resulted in the two major factions of the early Arnorian court, the Curt-tunics and the Great-tunics, named after their preferred length. The Curt-tunics wore the native-style knee-length tunic and were more willing to integrate with the native inhabitants. They were mostly made up of the descendants of the pre-Downfall settlers. The Great-tunics, on the other hand, still wore the Numenorean-style ankle-length tunic (although with very little decoration) and held themselves separate from both the pre-Downfall settlers and the native inhabitants. Naturally they consisted solely of Exiles.

So this is the political situation that greets Valandil. He’s very young, only 21, and although his mother’s been acting as regent (maybe?), he hasn’t got any other family to support him. The Great-tunics really like (the idea of) him because raised by elves! How much more Faithful can you get? but the Curt-tunics range from ‘we’ll give him a chance’ to ‘don’t want an elf ruling us’. Because of this, I imagine Valandil’s wife, Bellassoth (the namesake of a number of subsequent queens, princesses and noble ladies including Elendur’s wife), comes from a Curt-tunic family. And of course, the Great-tunics hate that but Valandil really needs the Curt-tunics’ support (because they have a lot more power) so he just puts up with it.

Onto the fashion details! Since Earendur (the 10th king, T.A. 640-861) is clearly Henry II, he gets to dress like him. So 12th century Norman fashion. Working backwards, and remembering that prior to this, fashion changed very, very slowly, and this would be even more true of a society like Arnor, where people lived for a lot longer, I’m tentatively placing Valandil’s court round about the beginning of the 11th century. (Stretching it a bit far? Maybe, but I do what I want.)

Tunics, well, I talked about them above but the Curt-tunics eventually win in that department at least. (Inspired by real life, Roman long tunics vs Germanic short ones.) Pointed leather shoes (cloth for lower classes?) although the Great-tunics started off with sandals but eventually abandoned them due to climate. Hairstyle, there’s another divide here. Curt-tunics are like this, Great-tunics more like this (14th century one). The one that became common was a modification of the Great-tunic one, a short beard (not worn by everyone) and roughly chin-length hair.

Next time, ladies’ fashion, and some Arnorian queens.

Busily naming the various queens of Arnor but ran into a slight problem. I’ve been using Sindarin but up to Amlaith, the kings all have Quenya names. I’m not sure what Amlaith is but his son is Beleg, which is obviously Sindarin.

Two possibilities:

1. Quenya had only ever been a sort of Latin equivalent, used solely due to its association with Numenor and because of that, even after only a handful of scholars had any knowledge of it, the kings still took their ruling names in it.

2. Similar to the first one, but instead of ruling names it was tradition to give the heir a name in it.

Still doesn’t answer why Sindarin though. Maybe due to elvish influence Sindarin was a sort of trade-language for the region and the original Numenorean settlers adopted it because of that?