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Roses

The name Rose refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Rose (disambiguation).
Roses
FamilyRosaceae
LocationMany places throughout Middle-earth
AppearanceFlowering plants with large blossoms and prickly stems

Roses are flowering plants with large, showy blossoms and (often) prickly stems that were found in many places throughout Middle-earth.

In Gondolin there was a roadway called the Alley of Roses, one of the most beautiful places in the city.[1]

In the Shire it was common to bestow flower names upon girls[2] and many maidens bore the name "Rose" – Rosa Baggins[3], Rose (the daughter of Holman the greenhanded), Rose Cotton, Rose Gardner, and Primrose Gardner.[4] Given the stay-at-home nature of Hobbits[5] their familiarity with roses certainly indicates the cultivation of these flowers in their homeland.

Roses could be found far to the south of the Shire. In Ithilien, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee encountered Eglantine, a type of rose[6] (one Hobbit, Eglantine Banks,[7] was named after this flower, indicating that this variety of rose also grew in the Shire). When Aragorn steeped athelas in hot water in the Houses of Healing, Ioreth claimed that the fragrance reminded her of the roses in Imloth Melui, a valley in Gondor.[8]

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The Sindarin name for a rose is meril.[9][10]

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[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin" , p. 183
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Baggins of Hobbiton"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: XI. The Epilogue", pp. 129-31
  10. Didier Willis, "Hiswelókë's Sindarin Dictionary" , Jrrvf.com (accessed 04 February 2014)