where pale as glass
are mirrored on the Shadowmere.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Luvailin appears only in the Unfinished index. The name Shadowmere is said to be its "translation". As Paul Strack explains, it could be a compound of root LUB ("shadow, darkness") + ailin ("lake").
Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]
In an early version of Galadriel's Song of Eldamar, appears the lines:
And by the strand of Tirion there grew a golden Tree.
Beneath the stars of Ever eve in Eldamar it shone,
In Eldamar beside the walls of Elven Tirion.
But far away and far away beyond the Shadow-meres
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 217
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings", p. 146
- Mark Fisher, "Shadowmere" dated 8 November 2008, Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 22 November 2013)
- Paul Strack, "Q. Luvailin loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 1 February 2023)
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "XIV. Farewell to Lórien", pp. 284, 292 (note 35)