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Limpë

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Limpë was a magical elven drink that appeared in The Book of Lost Tales, an early form of Tolkien's legendarium.

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[edit] History

Limpë could heal longing caused by Tinfang's music. Only queen Meril could give it. Drinking it was dangerous for a mortal Man, as Ilúvatar made his Children different, and drinking limpë would erase his old desires but awake new ones. Sometimes, after teaching and examination of the heart, it was given to children from the Cottage of Lost Play, but giving it to an adult was different and the person would suffer. It gave youth, but the man had to die anyway.[1]

Because Noldoli had not had it yet during their flight from Valinor, the evil soon ensnared them.[2] Limpë was given to elves by Tulkas during their great expedition to save enslaved Gnomes.[3]

Limpë (maybe given by Eärendel) made a man named Ingwë, king of Luthany, immortal.[3]

[edit] The story of Eriol

Eriol learnt about limpë from Vairë. When he went for it to Meril-i-Turinqi, she refused to give him it immediately, as first he had to learn more. She told him about the chaining of Melko[1] and the coming of the elves.[4] Later Lindo explained that Eriol had to visit Gilfanon in his House of the Hundred Chimneys.[5] As the last condition, Gilfanon bid Eriol to write down all the tales that he had heard in Tol Eressëa. Then Eriol drank limpë. He was forever young and married Naimi, an elf, but finally he died in Tavrobel, homesick.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The name limpë (Qenya; Gnomish limp or limpelis) comes from the root LIPI, together with lipte- (Q.) and lib- (G.) "to drop", liptë (Q.) and lib (G.) "drop", and lipil (Q.) and libli (G.) "little glass".[6] In Old English líp.[3][7]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "IV. The Chaining of Melko"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "VII. The Flight of the Noldoli"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "VI. The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "V. The Coming of the Elves and the Making of Kôr"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "VIII. The Tale of the Sun and Moon"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part I, entry "Limpë"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Index", entry "Limpë"