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Lórien (Valinor)

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The name Lórien refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Lórien (disambiguation).

Lórien (Q, pron. [ˈloːri.en]) was the garden in Valinor and home of the Vala Irmo and Este. Due to his close association with the gardens, Irmo is more commonly referred to as "Lórien".

Lórien is the most beautiful place in all Arda, with silver willows, flowers and lakes. It is inhabited by singing nightingales[1] and "many spirits". The Eldar and even the Valar visit the gardens of Lórien to rest and freshen in its fountains[2], such as Tilion who used to dream by the pools of Este[3] and Melian who used to sing when the lights of the Two Trees mingled[4].

After giving birth to Feanor, Míriel was sent to Lórien by Manwe where she lay to die and for a time Finwe came beside to her body.[5]

Etymology

The name of the place apparently contains the element lor- related to "slumber" and "dream".[6]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Valaquenta: Account of the Valar and Maiar According to the Lore of the Eldar"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Thingol and Melian"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor"
  6. Helge Fauskanger, "Quettaparma Quenyallo" dated 25 December 2008, Ardalambion (accessed 12 July 2014)
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