“Young she was and yet not so. The braids of her dark hair were touched by no frost, her white arms and clear face were flawless and smooth, and the light of stars was in her bright eyes, grey as a cloudless night; yet queenly she looked, and thought and knowledge were in her glance, as of one who has known many things that the years bring”
Behold the King’s daughter, fairest among maidens. Lips red as a rose, hair black as ebony, skin white as a Keith Urban concert. No wonder a handsome foreigner was smitten when he saw her. And his love didn’t go unrequited. This is how the Tale of Beren and Luthien begins in The Silmarillion. Boom! See that misdirection? You thought it was some Snow White shit, but it wasn’t. I mean, it is that, but it’s also Tolkien.
Mortal man Beren and elf maiden Luthien Tinuviel (of the new Jersey Tinuviels) are forebears of the kings of Numenor and Gondor. Seeing as how the love story of Beren and Luthien echoes through the millennia in their great-great-many-times-great-grandchildren, it comes as no surprise that a similar fate awaits Aragorn and Arwen’s descendant, Snow White.
At this point you may be thinking that we’re smoking too much of that pipe with Gandalf, but have you noticed Snow White’s rapport with the birds and beasts of the wild? The way they listen and respond to her?
Doesn’t this suggest a deep connection with nature, as someone with Elvish blood would have?
Going on a quest? Take these! They will give you lots of energy for outrunning Nazgul, orcs, or unwanted suitors.
Salty Oatmeal Travelling Cookies (printable) makes about 3 dozen cookies
½ cup (120 g) vegetable shortening ½ cup (95 g) butter 1 cup (200 g) sugar 1 egg 1 ½ cups (180 g) all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 cups (270 g) rolled oats 1 cup nuts (any kind you like; optional) extra salt for sprinkling (sea salt or flake salt is best)
In a large mixing bowl, cream together shortening butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda and mix until combined. Add vanilla, oat and nuts (if using). Cover the bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut using a cookie cutter, pizza wheel or sharp knife; alternatively, just scoop onto the baking sheets and press down with your fingers until flat. Once dough is on the baking sheets, sprinkle lightly with salt.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly colored. Remove from the oven, allow to rest on the sheets for ~5 minutes, and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur’s Flour Cookie Companion Cookbook
“Show me the precious Ring!” [Tom] said suddenly in the midst of a story, and Frodo, to his own astonishment, drew out the chain from his pocket, and unfastening the Ring handed it at once to Tom.
-In the House of Tom Bombadil, page 131
This is just another example of the linguistic tie Tolkien draws between the Ring and the word “precious.” It’s not just Gollum. What is interesting here, is that Frodo and Bilbo mostly refer to the Ring as precious when they are most influenced by it, and yet Tom uses the word shortly before showing the Ring has no influence over him. Perhaps he knows about Gollum and others calling the Ring “precious” and is using the word ironically, but given his seclusion I doubt that. The link that Tolkien draws between the Ring and the idea of preciousness is so tight that even Tom uses the word, and that is the only effect the Ring has on him.