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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Galadriel’s Glade 2 ~ Frodo looks into the mirror, plus jan-u-wine's Lórien Suite 3.

Posted on 2009.06.03 at 07:11


mechtild at 2009-06-04 15:13 (UTC) (Link)
Well, C. doesn't sound like the sharpest knife in the drawer. They met way back when; maybe he was an Elf hunk and Galadriel found him strangely irresistible. In Tolkien's essay on the ways and mores of Elvish marriage and mating practices it sounds like Elves, typically do their mating and child-rearing in the early part of their lives. Not that the Elves in LotR are typical; Legolas still isn't married and Elrond married late and had his children late. But in Tolkien's description of the typical course of Elf marriages, the early years of childbearing and rearing give way to a lifetime of greater distance. They are still married and not portrayed as straying into infidelities, but they seem to share a more mental intimacy after the shagging years are over (and they're over early!), tending to spend more time each pursuing her/his own interest and honing their skills, which may require time away from each other to do. So maybe what seems like distance and coolness between C. and G., the only married Elf couple we see in LotR, is a depiction of what mature immortals are like as couples: "we do our own things and we are o.k. with that". Also, from the perspective of immortals, maybe the time they spend separated -- Celebrian leaving Elrond early to recuperate in Aman, Celeborn not ready to leave when Galadriel does, but staying to linger in M-E - see Sam and Elanor's remarks in The Epilogue -- is not so onerous for them. Just tossing some ideas around....
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