Entries in lorien (2)
Lórien the place you all think of when you imagine the movies is not the only place to bear this name. The Vala (god) named Irmo took the name Lórien from the Gardens where he dwelled. In truth Tolkiens earlier work defined Lórien as "god of dreams". Either way Lórien was both a garden in Valinor and the name taken by Irmo a Vala.
Confused yet? (for the non-lotr-geek Vala = Gods)
Way back.....at the beginning....Elves awoke in Cuiviénen a land east of middle earth...east of the Misty Mountains, east of the river Anduin, east of the ....well you get the point.
Anyway they began a great journey (called Great Journey btw) to the land of the Valinor to live with the Valar. Now why exactly the Vala didn't just make them awake in Valinor? Who knows...gods are mean like that.
Anyway...not all of the Houses of elves made it to Valinor. There were 3 houses or Kindreds of the Elves
1. The Vanyar
2. The Noldor
3. The Teleri
The Vanyar and the Noldor took nearly 200 years to travel from Cuiviénen to Beleriand and the Teleri took about 30 more years. All this happened 3500 years before the first age. So we are talking about a long long time ago. We won't even go into the difference in calendars between Solar years and Valian Years because this all happened before the creation of the sun....that's another story all together.
Anyway...During this Great Journey the Teleri came to the Great River Anduin and the Misty Moutains and some of Teleri fell away from the journey and set up shop in the woodlands east of the Misty Moutains. These were the original Silvan Elves. Some lived in the land now called Lórien.
About this time the Silvan language evolved but the Silvan elves would later mingle with other elves and the Silvan branch would disappear. Some things are still using Silvan Elf names....such as Lórien and Amroth...etc.
In the Second age the Silvan elves lived on either side of the Anduin...in twin forests you could say. But as Sauron emerged the leader of the Eastern side in the Greenwood lead his people northward away from the elves who lived west of the River Anduin....away from Lorien.
The Silvan Elves in Lórien would stay put for years and we know little of their existence except in the Second Age they were ruled by a Sindar elf named Amdir (not that Amdir LOTRO people....a elven one) it was at this time that Beleriand was destroyed by the Valar when they captured Morgoth (morgoth was a Vala and is the one responsible for Sauron's bad childhood) and so many elves from the East fled through Moria....and into Lórien.
Amdir was lost in the wars at the end of the Second Age and his son Amroth was leading Lórien. This was during the unleashing of Durin's Bane in Moria and Sauron's power growing in Dol Guldur. Many elves fled Lórien into the south and so Amroth did as well and he drowned in the Bay of Belfalas.
It was then...about 1000 years before the War of the Ring...that Galadriel and Celeborn settled in Lórien and became Lord and Lady of Lórien.
Where did the Silvan elves of the Mirkwood go? That's another story....too much Legolas in that one to do here.....
Anyway...So that is a quick Lorien background. I have another post drafted here about Galadriel. I need a few more details. Again if you have a particular subject you want me to write on please drop a comment and share any posts you want.