Beautiful and Blessed (Meanwhile In Middle-earth)

"...and last came Master Elrond mighty among Elves and Men, bearing the sceptre of Annuminas, and beside him upon a grey palfrey rode Arwen his daughter, Evenstar of her people. And Frodo when he saw her come glimmering in the evening, with stars on her brow and a sweet fragrance about her, was moved with great wonder, and he said to Gandalf: 'At last I understand why we have waited! This is now the ending. Now not day only shall be beloved, but night too shall be beautiful and blessed and all its fear pass away!'"
(J.R.R. Tolkien -The Return of the King)

Today, Midyear/Midsummer Day, we celebrate and remember the union between King Elessar also known as Aragorn/Strider son of Arathorn II and Gilraen and Arwen Undómiel daughter of Elrond and Celebrian. Aragorn is crowned King Elessar. Elrond is finally happy to allow Arwen to marry Aragorn as he had promised now that he is the King of Gondor and Anor.  Elrond and Arwen arrive in Minas Tirith on Mid-year's Eve. Elrond present Aragorn/King Elessar with the Sceptre of Annuminas signifying the Kingship of Arnor and he give his greatest gift to him , his daughter's hand . Aragorn and Arwen are married today on Mid-year's Day.

Meanwhile in the Shire it is time to celebrate, time to rejoice on Midsummer Day.  According to Tolkien's calender today is 1 Lithe in the Shire. Every seven years during the Lithe celebrations an election is held for the office of Mayor of Michel Delving. A very special time not only in the Shire but in Middle-earth as well as on Midsummer day we remember the union of Arwen Undómiel daughter of Elrond and Celebrian , Evenstar of Her People, and King Elessar also known as Aragorn/Strider son of Arathorn II and Gilraen , that were married on Midsummer's Eve of 3019. Why is Midsummer such an important day in Tolkien's legendarium ? Midsummer was a very important time for farming and rural communities in ancient Britain , it was usually celebrated on the 23Th or 24Th although the longest day on the year is the 21st of June. The importance of this celebration can be traced back in time, many stone circles and other ancient monuments are aligned to the sunrise on Midsummer's Day. The most famous alignment is that at Stonehenge, where the sun rises over the heel stone on Midsummer morning. In ancient times midsummer fires were lit in high places all over the countryside. Animals were blessed with fire, generally by walking them around the fire in a sun-wise direction, while people would jump high through the fires to bring luck to their own harvest. Tolkien's love for rural life and knowledge of ancient farming traditions and methods contributed to his decision to make this day a very special one for the people of Middle-earth.

Wishing you a lovely Midsummer day filled with happiness , music,  poems and food, of course.


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