it’s common knowledge that the names of the three elven rings match the fates of the three Silmarils, but think about the ring-bearers, too —
elrond is obvious; he had the ring of air, but he didn’t have his father, who was sailing through the sky with a silmaril on his brow
galadriel and maglor were the last of the grandchildren of finwë left in middle-earth; she bore the ring of water and longed to go back across the sea all that time, while his fate was to wander the shoreline after he flung his silmaril into the sea
gandalf, wearing the ring of fire, fell into the deepest parts of moria battling a demon made of flame; maedhros threw himself and his silmaril into a fiery chasm
and i wonder if the wise and knowledgeable ring-bearers could’ve noticed this, and if gandalf’s death would’ve, in a way, completed the last of the parallels
and i wonder, then, if a part of him knew, or perhaps thought he knew, that at some point he would have to die.
one of my favorite things about middle earth is that there are a bunch of elves who are just unaccounted for. where are they? we don’t know. maglor? no clue. daeron? dunno. nimrodel? no idea. they’re still out there. they could be anywhere. they could be me. they could be you. we just don’t know.
My @tolkiensecretsanta2017 gift for @banner-bearer ! A small bird suggested that you’d like this brother duo: Maedhros and Maglor! :) :) Happy holidays ! I hope you like the japanese samurai and bard? vibes. <3
On the House of Fëanor the wrath of the Valar lieth from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all that will follow them it shall be laid also. Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass.