Thursday, May 31, 2012

Inspiration: Rían of Bëor and Simbelmynë

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Simbelmynë, translated as Evermind, is a beautiful white flower that grows in any season on graves and tombs. Gandalf once said about it:
"How fair are the bright eyes in the grass! Evermind they are called, simbelmynë in this land of Men, for they blossom in all the seasons of the year, and grow where dead men rest."

Gandalf, The Two Towers III 6 The King of the Golden Hall


Who knows if they are not tears of poor Rían, great-grandmother of Elrond Half-elven. She was born into House of Bëor in F.A. 450 and was known to everyone for having gentle heart. She loved neither hunting nor war, her love was given to trees and to the flowers in the wild, and she was a singer and maker of songs. When she was just 5 years old, she fled before the Battle of Sudden Flame with other women and children to safety. Six years later, her beloved father died.


When she was 20 years old, she married Huor of the House of Marach (and a brother of Húrin). Three years later, when Rían was expecting their firstborn son, poor Huor was slain by a poison arrow in the fifth battle against Morgoth, Battle of Unnumbered Tears. Rían, struck by grief, gave birth to Tuor and entrusted him to Sindar (Grey-elves) of Mithrim for fosterage. She went to Haudh-en-Nirnaeth (Hill of Tears) to seek tidings of her husband. All she found were thousands of dead bodies and weapons of soldiers who died alongside Huor, never seeing his own body. On this moment she pined away, laid down on the mound and died of grief at the age of 23.

This lore inspiration is a very sad one. It was a pure chance that I chose it - I read about simbelmynë in connection to this year's spring festival. Then I wanted to read something more about various characters of Silmarillion, seeking inspiration for my next outfit, and the first name I picked up on wiki was Rían. The strong coincidence shocked me - as well as very difficult life of Elrond's great-grandmother. In the story, she was just as old as I am now when she died, having endured so much in her short life.

I'd like this outfit to be my tribute to her, picturing her in her happy years, let's say just before marrying Huor, still being a joyful maiden and enjoying the most beautiful part of her life. The beautiful flowers she loved and wore gracefully on her dress later became symbol of remembering fallen heroes of all battles. Let us remember her as well.

Please let me know what do you think about the outfit in comments, or simply rate below the post's title.

Chest: Simbelmynë Dress, gold dye (Spring festival)
Head: Hat of Deep Lore, white dye (Moria level 60 lore-master purple set; shares appearance with minstrel's and rune-keeper's Moria pieces)
Back: Cloak of the Northern Lights, gold dye (Store)

Emotes:
./hail
./dance_elf2

16 comments:

  1. This is definitely one of my favorites you've done. And the story behind is was extremely well chosen. Bravo!

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    1. yeyy thank you! that's a huge compliment :) i was especially surprised by the coincidence of how i found the lore inspiration - Rian just wanted to be portraited :)

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  2. I love this!! Excellent combination of pieces (amazed how great that cloak looks with the dress), theme, and lore! Even the flowers in the final shot perfectly match her clothes. Very beautiful and well done! :D

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    1. thank you! i appreciate it very much from you as you do lore-inspired outfits extremely well :)

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  3. It's all marvellous. Great choice of story and beautiful portrayal in outfit and screenshots. It's this kind of background which makes me enjoy LOTRO so much. Thanks!

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    1. thanks Brrokk! I love the reference to simbelmynë they've incorporated into this year's spring festival - you don't notice until you start digging in the lore, but it's very beautiful underlying idea

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  4. Very beautiful story and unexpected combination of colours. Well done!

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    1. thank you! I was also surprised that gold goes well with pink (we call this shade "old pink" in my country)

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  5. Great outfit and great story, Freyjuska! I can almost feel the sun and the scent of flowers on your screenshorts. Perfect, as always! :)

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    1. thank you! thanks to you as well, my blog is about mood screenshots this week :D that's great!

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  6. This is one of my favorite blog posts you've done. The lore, the screenshots, and the outfit, all fantastic. Great job!

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    1. ^^^ That's me. ;) This is what happens when you have too many blogs.

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    2. hehe, nice to meet you Susan! :D thanks so much for the compliments, I appreciate them very much :)

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  7. Oh my, what a lovely story. Thank you for sharing the story and the lovely outfit!

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