September 19, 2016

Romance in Middle-earth

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Unless you're a hopeless romantic (like me), I would think that the great loves of Middle-earth do not come first to people's minds when they think of Tolkien's works. The Ring, Mount Doom, epic battles, Gollum's infamous pronunciation of "precious", and adventuresome (or not so adventuresome...) hobbits are definitely more likely remembrances when someone mentions Lord of the Rings.

And, while I do love Tolkien's works for these things, I also admit that I have a deep fondness for his romances in Lord of the Rings. (Also, I must give credit to Peter Jackson and all his helpers who made the LOTR movies possible, because, let's admit it, the movies gave us a lot of lovely romantic moments that the books didn't. ;))


Here are four of my favorite Middle-Earth couples and why I love them. (Okay, shhh, they're also the only romances in Middle-Earth) If any of you Tolkien-ites know of more romances than just these, I'd love to hear about them. (I already know about Beren and Lúthien, though. ;))

Oh, spoilers and photos abound. Just to warn you. :P


Aragorn and Arwen
Probably the most famous LOTR couple, Aragorn and Arwen are just.....




Yeah. Perfect. :')
Hope is a strong theme in Aragorn and Arwen's love story. Hope that someday Aragorn will take his rightful place as king. Hope that Arwen will survive long enough for the Ring to be destroyed (which, I think is a circumstance only in the movies....correct me if I'm wrong!).
Hope that someday, somehow, they may be together. 
-cries-
Their reunion at the end of Return of the King is quite possibly one of my favorite scenes in the entire trilogy. His face is so full of wonder and gratefulness. 
She is happy—oh, so happy, and proud. But I think she's a little scared, too. So much has changed. 
But Aragorn's love for her has not. Her love for him as not.
And thus Aragorn becomes the King of Gondor, and is reunited with his Queen, never to be separated from her again 
(well, except when he dies but please don't mention that).

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
"And Aragorn the King Elessar wedded Arwen Undómiel in the City of the Kings upon the day of Midsummer, and the tale of their long waiting and labours was come to fulfilment."

Faramir and Éowyn

Faramir + Eowyn: elennúmen Eowyn and Faramir: "It may be that only a few days are left ere darkness falls upon our world, and…:

Ohhh, Faramir and Éowyn. Contrary to Arwen and Aragorn having more lovely scenes in the movies than in the books, you MUST read the books to fully appreciate Éowyn and Faramir's relationship.

These two complement each other so well. They both have been hurt deeply—emotionally and physically. In fact, they meet while in The Houses of Healing (AKA the hospital :P) in Gondor. Faramir is instantly attracted to Éowyn, but he senses her sadness—and she has much to be sad about. She was not able to go and fight, her uncle Théoden died, and Aragorn rejected her love. (In the nicest way possible, but still.) She was as depressed as could possibly be, and only wished to die valiantly in battle.
But Faramir saw past her sadness. He loved her for who she really was, not who she tried to be. 
He encouraged her. 
He believed in her. 
Their romance is so sweet. It starts as a friendship (at least on Éowyn's side :P) but quickly turns into something deeper. They both bond while healing, and in the process, help each other heal.
Because both of them are incredibly strong individuals, it is especially significant that, when their own respective strength was dwindling, they strengthened each other.

“And Eowyn looked at Faramir long and steadily; and Faramir said: 'Do not scorn pity that is the gift of a gentle heart, Eowyn! But I do not offer you my pity. For you are a lady high and valiant and have yourself won renown that shall not be forgotten; and you are a lady beautiful, I deem, beyond even the words of the Elven-tongue to tell. And I love you. Once I pitied your sorrow. But now, were you sorrowless, without fear or any lack, were you the blissful Queen of Gondor, still I would love you. Eowyn, do you not love me?”
~Return of the King

Sam and Rosie
Where has this picture been all my life? The Return of the King:
LOTR - "Epilogue -- Sam & Rosie":

Okay, as if I even need to explain this one. :P
Who could not ship Sam and his own sweet Rosie? Who? I must know! (No, I actually probably shouldn't.) Hope and strength and sweetness combine themselves in this particular romance. We all love Sam—we all want to see him happy. (right?!) And ever since day one of knowing him, we know he was very fond of one Rosie Cotton—but terribly shy of her. ;)
Then his adventure with Frodo came along—and finally they returned. Much had changed, not all for good, but Sam suddenly had a courage he never knew he possessed. And he asked Rosie to marry him and they wed and have 13 children and....!!!!
IT'S JUST TOO PERFECT.
(And don't even get me started on who their children married, and all their sweet names....<3)

It's the perfect echo of the story in its entirety. Frodo and Sam left the Shire, not sure they'd ever return. Sam wasn't sure he'd ever get a chance to tell Rosie he loved her—to even see her again.
But, they do return. And I think Sam's subsequent marriage to Rosie is a lovely symbol of the hope and courage and subsequent fulfillment of hope that the Lord of the Rings stands for.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King We like everybody in this pic…:

"'And I hope my Sam's behaved hisself and given satisfaction?'

'Perfect satisfaction, Mr. Gamgee,' said Frodo. 'Indeed, if you will believe it, he's now one of the most famous people in all the lands, and they are making songs about his deeds from here to the Sea and beyond the Great River.' Sam blushed, but he looked gratefully at Frodo, for Rosie's eyes were shining and she was smiling at him."
~Return of the King

Kili and Tauriel
Tolkien Artist Fridays: lanimalu:

Kili and Tauriel - Then they lived by Ingvild-S on DeviantArt: <3Kili and Tauriel, if the Battle of the five Armies would have had a different…:
"Why does it hurt so much." "Because it was real."
Switching gears a little, I'm focusing now on a romance that was not in any of the books. It was not hinted at or suggested in any way; in fact, Tauriel does not even exist in Tolkien's universe.

Buuut.

Does that stop me from absolutely loving Kili and Tauriel's relationship?
NO.

Kili and Tauriel are, quite literally, my favorite couple (at the moment). Would you like some logical reasons why? Well, I can provide that. (although I can't promise they'll all be logical ahem.)
1) He adores her. Not to say the other men on this list didn't adore their lady-loves as well, but Kili's adoration for Tauriel is unconventional. I would think even more unconventional than a human and and elf falling in love. Dwarves and elves, as a general rule, rather hate each other.
Anyhow, you can see how Kili practically worships the ground Tauriel walks on right from the moment they meet. His love for her is in his eyes. It's so sweet.

2) Her world is flipped upside down by him. He sees into her heart and soul. He understands and relates to her, and this confuses probably everything she'd ever heard about dwarves. She's so arrogant when she meets him. "If you think I am giving you a weapon, dwarf, you are mistaken." She thinks they're all alike. She's believing what she's been taught. But then he shows her she was wrong, and it completely throws her off balance. She no longer knows what to believe, and I think that may be why it takes her so long to realize her own feelings for him.

3) He tells her he loves her in dwarvish. Just...look...
I didn't need  the vital organ that just crumbled into a million pieces known as…
HIS FACE 

4) She's so nervous about how they could make a relationship work between them, but he's 100% confident and not scared at all what others would think. (I wonder what Thorin and Fili would say? Oh my...) 
It's just so adorable.

5) Their height difference. I've always had an irrational fear that the man I fall in love with (someday my prince will come...?) would be shorter than me (because I'm very tall. For a girl. :P) but you know what? Seeing Tauriel and Kili together makes me not even care. At least right now. ;)

6) That moment when she healed him from dying and he, being in the delusional state of mind he was in, insisted she wasn't really there, that she "walked in starlight in another world". And his question,
"do you think she could have loved me?"
-cries forever-

(Notice how I didn't include any pictures of that moment? Yeah. Because it didn't happen. It didn't. It didn't!! -sob-)

Weelll, I could go on, but this post is already ridiculously long. So...last thing.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and Edith Tolkien 
(Beren and Lúthien)
JRR TOLKIEN ;John Ronald Ruel Tolkien ;Photographed in his garden with his wife Edith at 76 Sandfield Road , Oxford ;1966 ;English writer , poet and university professor ;Credit : Pamela Chandler / ArenaPAL www.arenapal.com:
Edith + JRR Tolkien, Their love story was the inspiration for the Epic story of Beren and Lúthien. <3 <3 <3:

I feel that a fitting way to end this post would be to point to J.R.R. Tolkien himself, and his own lovely wife, Edith. He based the tale of Beren and Lúthien on the love between himself and Edith. In fact, their gravestone bears the names of Beren and Lúthien, respectively.

I guess it just can't get any sweeter than that. :') <3

That's amazing that she converted to Catholicism!  JRR Tolkien :):


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24 comments

  1. Yes, I love all the adventure, but I think romance is an essential ingredient in any story, and these romances don't eclipse the adventures. I LOVE Tolkien's romance and the Luthien and Beren on their tombstones, its almost fairytale surreal. I liked the Kili and Tauriel romance even though it wasn't it the books or plausible. It was sweet without being goofy I thought. Although I still appreciate the joke on Pinterest when she asks Thranduil why it hurts so much and he says, "Because we weren't in the book." Although for Thranduil that wasn't true; he was there, he just hadn't been named yet. And it was perfectly plausible for Legolas to be there also.
    I wish that Eoywn and Faramir had more screen time. That was like the big thing when we waited for the extended version, so we were quite crestfallen with the result.
    Thanks for this post, what a good idea, especially to include Tolkien's own story.

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    1. Heehee, me as well. I mean, there ARE stories I love that have no romance in them, but I admit I greatly prefer those with some sort of love story. :)
      Yes, exactly! I love that these romances accompany the story, they don't take over.
      I know!! Just as you said, it's "fairytale surreal". :)
      I'm so glad you like their romance, too! Bahaha, I admit I enjoy that joke, too! :D
      Aww, that would be disappointing. :/ They really did deserve more screen time.
      Thank YOU! :D

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  2. This post is really long and I LOVED IT, but I frankly don't have enough time to comment everything I'd like... so please excuse me if this is a little rushed. ;)

    First of all, ALL THESE PICTURES ARE AMAZING I LOVE THEM OKAY.

    I may or may not have gotten a bit teary, read this all... (But hush. I DO have a cold.)

    Haha, my four favourite (side note: also the ONLY four) couples from LOTR. XD (I love the fact that Tolkien put at least SOME romance in, but he didn't go overboard. I think the balance he has in all his books is incredibly perfect.)

    YES YES I LOVE ALL OF THESE SSOOO MUCH!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    Your words were beautiful, Natalie. :) Seriously, they were GORGEOUS.

    I did like Tauriel and Kili's romance, although perhaps not as much as the others... I just have a really soft sport for Kili anyway. (THOSE EYES.)

    Doesn't J.R.R. Tolkien have a rather hideous name? :P I mean, really? I can stand John, Ronald is okaaayyy, but Reuel?! But I love him too much to care otherwise. :D Oh wow, really?! Their gravestones have those names on them?! THIS IS TOO MUCH. *wipes tears*

    I LOVE THIS POST. <3

    ~Miss Meg

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    1. Aww, I understand. I was a little shocked by how long the post turned out to be when I was done. :P

      SO glad you liked them!!

      Aww, you have a cold? So do I!! -hugs- Feel better soon, friend!

      Heehee, indeed. I DO wish Tolkien put a little more into Aragorn and Arwen's romance, but I suppose he did cover them in the appendices so that makes it okay. :)

      :D :D :D

      Aww, thank you!! <3

      YES. SO glad I'm not the only one....his eyes are beautiful. -sigh-

      Really? I actually think his name is pretty okay. I wouldn't name my child that, but it never struck me as hideous. haha :D
      I knooooow. It's so sweet! :D

      THANK YOU!!! :)

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  3. Bahhhh! Ohhhh, I was reading along so happily and I knew what was coming (because I follow you on Pinterest) but I still wasn't prepared for Tauriel and Kili! :P :P :P I don't ship them at ALLLLLL. We can still be friends...right? I just don't see the chemistry and I'm not a huge lover of Tauriel as a character. And this might have something to do with the fact that I'm not head over heels for Kili either. *shrugs then ducks*
    Umm, it was kind of funny to read about your fear of shorter guys because, being tall myself, I have the same fear! If you don't mind my asking, how tall are you?

    LOOOVE all the points you made with the other couples. And the loads of pictures were fantastic! Fantabulous post, Natalie!! (Of course 'fantabulous' is a word, spell check. Haven't you read my personal dictionary?)

    ~Cordy

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    1. HAHAHAHA. I wondered whether anyone was getting fed up with all my Kili and Tauriel photos on Pinterest...:P No, no, I don't mind at all. Like I said to Miss March, I DO see why people dislike them or find them unbelievable, but I just love them too much to care. :)

      Oh, I KNOW. Tall girl problems, haha. :P No, I don't mind at all! I'm about 5'9". How about you?

      I'm so glad you liked the rest of the post!! ;D (Heehee, indeed, it IS a word! :D)

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    2. Oh, no, I was more amused than fed up.

      Hehe, I am an inch taller than you. :)

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    3. Oh, good! :D

      Yay, I'm not the tallest! (just kidding ;)) I used to hate being the tallest girl in most groups, but I've since gotten used to it. However, if I'm taller than the guys....that's not the most enjoyable situation. :P

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  4. May the Valkyire sing your name with fury.. this post spoke to my soul.

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  5. Lovely post, Natalie! I really enjoyed it. Your posts are always so good! Excellent choice of pictures, too. :)

    I agree, that last scene with Arwen and Aragorn is really good. It's so nice to see Arwen actually smile. And it's such an extremely happy smile, too! <3 :D

    Awww. Faramir and Eowyn are so sweet! And Sam and Rosie, too! I like how you included quotations from the books.

    Tauriel and Kili? WHHAAAAT? *clears throat* Okay, so I hate to admit this, but I tend to make fun of their relationship. I don't know, it just strikes me as rather corny. Though, I suspect if I'd allow myself to get into their story, I might be able to feel more for them. It's just that overall I find the Hobbit movies so hard to take seriously that I spend most of the time laughing and groaning over everything, and not allowing myself to feel the emotions of the characters at all! I can see why you would like them, though. There is definitely something to be said for their unconventional love story. (Haha. I'm glad it's making you feel that marrying someone shorter than you wouldn't be so bad, 'cause it's always good to be prepared for both scenarios. Still, I'm holding out hope that you'll marry someone taller. Just because. It's nice when the man is taller. ;) I know I definitely want my husband to be taller than me.)

    I'd never heard that story about Tokien and his wife before. That is so sweet. And such a good idea to add it to this post!! Very nice, indeed. :)

    ~Miss March

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    1. Awww, thank you, friend. :D

      Yes!! So sweet. <3

      I'm glad you liked it. I didn't want the post to be too movie-biased, so I figured book quotes were in order. ;)

      Hahaha, that's okay. I get the feeling that Kili and Tauriel fans are in the minority, but I honestly don't mind too much. I CAN see why people dislike them or find them unbelievable. I just love them too much to care. :D (And oh yes, I do agree about how hard the Hobbit movies are to take seriously at different points. Not all of it, but some is....wow. The barrel-jumping Legolas river scene? :P)
      Heehee, thanks! I agree. It IS nice to feel prepared, although I do still wish for someone taller. ;)

      I'm so happy you approve. :D

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  6. I think that, in the films, I like Aragorn and Arwen's romance best. But in the books, I like Faramir and Eowyn's best. A&A's relationship gets so nicely fleshed out in the movies, but I miss the depth of F&E's connection that the books bring out so beautifully.

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    1. I feel very much the same way. :) It's too bad both the movies and the books had each romance fully brought to life, but at least we have one really great romance in each, if that makes any sense. :)

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    2. Hee, yeah, that does make sense.

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  7. I don't know anything about Tauriel and Kili 'cause I've never seen the Hobbit movies, but THEY LOOK ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. *heart-eyed emoji* I think you've sold me :-)

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    1. OH GOOD! I'm so glad you think so. :D I hope you can maybe see the movies someday and tell me what you think. :) :)

      (Quite honestly, I'm just so happy whenever I hear that someone else likes them, because I feel as if their fanbase is pretty small. :P)

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    2. I hope I can too!! I was planning to watch the LOTR movies this summer, but then I got so wrapped up in writing my novel that I never got around to it . . .

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    3. Well, hopefully some other time. :) And don't feel too bad--I love the LOTR movies, but I personally think writing a novel is the better of the two. ;) So good for you!!

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  8. This made me realise how much I adored LOTR

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