|"Aeluin" by Elena Kukanova|
|Location||Eastern Dorthonion, south-west of Ladros|
|Description||A lake of clear waters with wild heaths about it|
|People and History|
|Events||Massacre at Tarn Aeluin|
|Gallery||Images of Tarn Aeluin|
- "But the waters of Tarn Aeluin were held in reverence, for they were clear and blue by day and by night were a mirror for the stars..."
- ― Quenta Silmarillion, "Of Beren and Lúthien"
Tarn Aeluin, sometimes referred to as just Aeluin, was a clear blue mountain lake in the eastern highlands of Dorthonion, southwest of Ladros. It was situated among wild heather hills, themselves surrounded by trackless and uninhabited forests and highland plains of heather. Alder-trees were known to grow beside the lake.
History[edit | edit source]
Tarn Aeluin was said to have been hallowed by Melian the Maia.
When Aegnor saw the reflection of Andreth in Tarn Aeluin, he fell in love with her.
Barahir's outlaws hid from Morgoth's forces after the Dagor Bragollach and made their lair at Tarn Aeluin. There they remained hidden until they were betrayed by Gorlim.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Aeluin is clearly Sindarin, being never glossed. Paul Strack explains it means "Blue Lake", from ael ("lake, pool") + luin ("blue"). Tarn is an archaic English word meaning "mountain lake".
Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]
According to the text in "The Complaint of Mîm the Dwarf", Mîm, the last of the Petty-dwarves, had made his first work of art at Tarn Aeluin during his youth: a flower with dew on it.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Lúthien"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Four. Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth", p. 325
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
- ↑ Paul Strack, "S. Aeluin loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 24 May 2022)
- ↑ Klett- Cotta: Das erste Jahrzehnt 1977-1987: Ein Almanach, "Mîms Klage", pp. 302-305