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Miruvor

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Miruvor by John Howe.

Miruvor was the reviving cordial of the Elves, a liquor with the power to grant renewed vigour and strength.

It was the same, or an imitation of miruvórë, the nectar of the Valar made from Yavanna's flowers, poured during their festivals.[1]

Miruvor was clear and colourless, with a pleasant fragrance. Gandalf carried a flask of this "Cordial of Imladris" with him to help the Company of the Ring on their southward journey. They used this drink to revitalize themselves on Caradhras.[2] Both the Dúnedain and the Orcs possessed drinks with similar properties, but miruvor was known to be the most potent of these cordials.

Etymology

miruvor is Sindarin, said to be a "form taken by borrowed Quenya word" miruvórë, generally held to mean "precious juice" or "thought of as precious drink (and largely of honey)" (cf. root WOR).[3] The Quenya form also appears as miruvóre, explained as "a special wine or cordial".[4] These form were derived from Valarin mirubhōze.[3][4]

References

  1. The Road Goes Ever On, A Song Cycle, Namárië
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 37-8
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language': Note on the 'Language of the Valar'", p. 399