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Lothíriel

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Lothíriel
Gondorian
Biographical Information
TitlesQueen Consort of Rohan
LocationDol Amroth; Rohan
LanguageWestron
BirthT.A. 2999
Family
HouseHouse of Dol Amroth
ParentageImrahil
SiblingsElphir, Erchirion and Amrothos
SpouseÉomer
ChildrenElfwine
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Lothíriel was the daughter of Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, and later the wife of King Éomer of Rohan.

[edit] History

Lothíriel was born in T.A. 2999. She had three older brothers: Elphir, Erchirion, and Amrothos.[1]

Lothíriel married Éomer, King of Rohan, in T.A. 3021. They had at least one son named Elfwine the Fair who became the 19th King of Rohan on the death of his father in Fo.A. 63.[2] Whether she still lived by that date, or died after, is unknown.

[edit] Etymology

Lothíriel may mean "flower garlanded maiden". The word loth means "flower, blossom". The element riel means "garlanded maiden", as also seen in Galadriel.

[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

In the published version of The Return of the King, Lothíriel and Éomer were wedded in "the last year of the Third Age". In Appendix B, "The Tale of Years" states that 3021 was the last of the Third Age,[3] and thus the wedding took place in that year. However, in the manuscript of Appendix B that Christopher Tolkien called 'T4' (which was later shortened for the published work) the wedding of Lothíriel and Éomer was set in "3022 (or Fourth Age 1)".[4]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

Lothíriel in Adaptations

2007-14: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Lothíriel first appeared in The Road to Gondor, the first book of Volume 4 of The Lord of the Rings Online, and can be found in the Great Hall of the Prince in Dol Amroth.

Denethor II proposed to Imrahil a betrothal between Boromir and Lothíriel. Because the betrothal was between close kin, it was disapproved by both Imrahil and Boromir - aswell as a part of the population - but neither dared to refuse his request. Both Lothíriel and Boromir reluctantly consented as obedient children, though both were unhappy with the betrothal.[5] The mariage was to be in the summer of T.A. 3018, but was postponed, after Boromir suddenly had to travel to Rivendell.[6] After the betrothal she often left Dol Amroth and had dealings with the Elves.[5] She met Dorthaneth, leader of the Avorrim, who became one of her closest friends. Dorthaneth counseled her concerning her betrotheral with Boromir and - during the War of the Ring - weapons, armies and war.[7] She mourned the death of Boromir, though she was reliefed that she would not have to marry him.[5]

When her father answered the summon of Denethor II and marched to Minas Tirith with a large part of the army, Lothíriel was left in charge of Dol Amroth. She sent detachments of Swan-knights to Lamedon and the Blackroot Vale against her father's wishes.[8] She had two purposes in mind, firstly to protect the local peoples against evil and secondly as a rebellious against her father. When she learnt of the threat of the Corsairs of Umbar to Dol Amroth, she recalled the Swan-knights back to protect Dol Amroth.[9]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", The Line of Dol Amroth, p. 221
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl", "The Kings of the Mark", Third Line
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Tale of Years of the Third Age", p. 244
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Lord of the Rings Online, Volume IV: The Strength of Sauron, Book I: The Road to Gondor, Chapter 10: Keepers of History
  6. The Lord of the Rings Online, Volume IV: The Strength of Sauron, Book I: The Road to Gondor, Chapter 12: The Shadow in Morthond
  7. The Lord of the Rings Online, Volume IV: The Strength of Sauron, Book I: The Road to Gondor, Chapter 9: A Message for Lothíriel
  8. The Lord of the Rings Online, Volume IV: The Strength of Sauron, Book I: The Road to Gondor, Chapter 5: A Difficult Road
  9. The Lord of the Rings Online, Volume IV: The Strength of Sauron, Book I: The Road to Gondor, Chapter 11: The Swan-knights