Celebrating Mother’s Day!
It’s Mother’s Day in this part of the world (and in many other parts), so it’s only natural to dedicate a nice post on the subject.
There are many strong female characters in the histories of Middle-earth who have given birth and raised equally important characters.
In honour of Mother’s Day, we will take a look at the finest examples of motherhood in Tolkien’s fantasy world (books only).
At the same time, I take this opportunity to wish all real-world mothers out there my best wishes and thumbs up for the awesome job you do 😉
Oh and now’s the time to put a -Spoiler Alert!- If you haven’t yet read The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales (The Lord of the Rings seems to lack in mothers) proceed with extra caution…
4. Melian the Maia
Not one to meddle too much in the affairs of others, preferring rather to sit and think, she is nonetheless a caring and essential character for the most beautiful elf to have walked the earth, Lúthien Tinúviel.
Being a Maia is a tough job; balancing both the safety of your husband’s kingdom (Doriath) and the escapades of your daughter with a mortal.
By the end of the First Age she had lost her husband (Thingol) and daughter, which led her back to Valinor in sorrow.
Indeed, being a Maia is no easy feat.
A lady of Númenor and wife to the King, Tar-Aldarion; she bore a daughter (and eventually, future Queen of Númenor) by the name of Ancalimë. Erendis raised her child alone as her husband would often go on lengthy journeys, spending years at sea.
Suffice to say, it was a tough time for her and eventually distanced herself from Aldarion. As Ancalimë grew up, her daughter was more inclined to follow in her father’s footsteps in order to become Queen.
Erendis therefore spent the rest of her remaining years alone and abandoned until finally, wanting to see Aldarion once again, went to one of the havens of Númenor to wait for him – but soon died in the water.
2. Morwen Eledhwen
Wife to Húrin Thalion and mother of Túrin Turambar, Morwen was a strong-willed and important character.
After Húrin went to the Nírnaeth Arnoediad and was captured by Morgoth, she raised the young Túrin and bore another child, Niënor.
As the years passed, oppressed by the brutal Easterlings who took over their land, she sent her son to the safety of the Elven king, Thingol.
Later on she roamed Beleriand to reunite herself with Túrin, but in the process was also separated from her daughter.
She never saw her children again until, years later, she discovered their graves. Burdened by the weight of her grief she died in her husband’s arms, who had then found her after years in captivity and torment.
1. Aredhel Ar-Feiniel
Sister of Turgon, King of Gondolin, she became weary of the enclosed city and decided to venture beyond its confines. Meeting Eöl, the Dark Elf, she spent many years alone in the forest of Nan Elmoth and eventually had a son, Maeglin.
She may have been selfish leaving her brother like that and then deciding to come became back when she got tired of the outside world, but Aredhel made the ultimate sacrifice as a mother.
She defended her son from being killed by a posioned arrow (thrown by her husband, please note) and instead received the wound herself, and eventually died.
Kudos to Aredhel for rising up to the true virtues of motherhood!
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