Word of the Day: Imladris (Rivendell) – Located at the edge of the Bruinen River, it is known as the “Last Homely House East of the Sea” or the “First Homely House,” which is dependent on where the dweller lived.
Rivendell Influences and History
It is a Westron name which was influenced by the senses as told in LOTR, along with Hoarwell and Silverlode. It is also a Common Speech translation of Imladris (Sindarin, ‘deep dale of the cleft’) and Arcimbelë (Quenya). However, the latter was only used once, though Tolkien suggested the term Imbeládris as the new Quenya term for this location.
Rivendell was founded by Elrond after the War of the Elves and Sauron. In the War of the Ring, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin travelled on the way to Rivendell to meet Bilbo, where they also met the Elves, Dwarves, and Men. They learn that they were being relied on by The One Ring, and eventually decide on further action.
It is also one of the few words intentionally assigned for this day, as the book was centered around Christmas Day. (Most others were drawn out of a hat.) The fellowship leaves Rivendell on December 25, as Tolkien meant for it to coincide with the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Day).
Speaking of which – In light of the Christmas season and spirit, here’s Noel, the Lost Christmas Poem of J.R.R. Tolkien! I hope you have a Merry Christmas as well.
And lastly, thank you so much for landing on here. As a way of saying thank you, keep an eye out for tomorrow’s word! 🙂