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Aragorn stops in Lórien and sees Arwen (estimated date)

Event Type: General

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Date: May 1, 2980

Description:

Aragorn enters Lórien and there meets again Arwen Undómiel.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

It came to pass that when Aragorn was nine and forty years of age he returned from perils on the dark confines of Mordor, where Sauron now dwelt again.... He was weary and he wished to go back to Rivendell and rest there for a while ere he journeyed into the far countries; and on his way he came to the borders of Lórien and was admitted to the hidden land by the Lady Galadriel.

He did not know it, but Arwen Undómiel was also there, dwelling again for a time with the kin of her mother. She was little changed, for the mortal years had passed her by, yet her face was more grave, and her laughter now seldom was heard. But Aragorn was grown to full stature of body and mind, and Galadriel bade him cast aside his wayworn raiment, and she clothed him in silver and white, with a cloak of elven-grey and a bright gem on his brow. Then more than any king of Men he appeared, and seemed rather an Elf-lord from the Isles of the West. And thus it was that Arwen first beheld him again after their long parting; and as he came walking towards her under the trees of Caras Galadhon laden with flowers of gold,1 her choice was made and her doom appointed.

Then for a season they wandered together in the glades of Lothlórien, until it was time for him to depart. And on the evening of Midsummer Aragorn... and Arwen... plighted their troth and were glad.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen


Notes
The year is canon, but the date is estimated to approximate the season of Spring.
1 'Not till the spring comes and the new green opens do [mallorn leaves] fall, and then the boughs are laden with yellow flowers; and the floor of the wood is golden, and golden is the roof....'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 6, Lothlórien

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 25Aug07

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