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Amarië

Marya Filatova - Amarie of the Vanyar.jpg
Amarië
Vanya
Biographical Information
LocationValinor
BirthDuring Y.T.
Family
SpouseFinrod (lover)
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Amarië (Q, pron. [aˈmari.e]) was a Vanyarin Elf who was loved by Finrod.

Finrod, son of Finarfin, was a Noldorin prince who met Amarië in Valinor. Although in love with one another, they did not marry and Amarië did not follow Finrod into exile to Beleriand;[1] according to The Grey Annals this was because she was not permitted.[2] Following Finrod's death, at the hands of Sauron during the Quest for the Silmaril, he was brought back to life and lives with Amarië in Valinor.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The Encyclopedia of Arda says that Amarië is difficult to interpret, but suggests it could include mar, "home" in reference to Amarië's location at home in Aman.[4] Ruth S. Noel makes a similar interpretation and defines Amarië as "Of the Home" but is unable to identify whether the name is Sindarin or Quenya.[5]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Originally Finrod had a wife named Meril who went into exile and bore the child Gil-galad who were both sent to dwell in the Havens of the Falas for their safety.[6] This was later to changed so Finrod had no child - with Gil-galad becoming the son of Orodreth, Finrod's nephew - and Amarië's beloved remaining in Aman.[7]

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Noldor in Beleriand"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §109
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §180
  4. Encyclopedia of Arda, "Amarië" (accessed January 20, 2011)
  5. Ruth S. Noel, The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth (revised edition), p. 108
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin (Chapter 15)", p. 242
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", p. 349