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Great Bear-dance

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The Great Bear-dance or ruxöalë was an annual event in Númenor. It was hold in Tompollë, in autumn, and it gathered many people from all the isle as it was not longer after the Eruhantalë. This dance was the most famous of the bear-dances, which bears performed for their human friends. In these dances, even fifty or more bears could participate.[1]

The Quenya name for this dance was first typed by Tolkien as ruxopandalë, and then changed to ruxöalë,[2] so it can be deduced this is a short form.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XIII. Of the Land and Beasts of Númenor", p. 335
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XIII. Of the Land and Beasts of Númenor", "Notes", p. 341, note 2