most beautiful women in history

J.R.R. Tolkien, describing Luthien Tinuviel (Silmarillion, “Of Beren and Luthien”):

“…her eyes were grey as the starlit evening; her mantle was sewn with golden flowers, but her hair was dark as the shadows of twilight…and in her face was a shining light.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, describing Elrond (FoTR, “Many Meetings”):

“His hair was dark as the shadows of twilight, and upon it was set a circlet of silver; his eyes were grey as a clear evening, and in them was a light like the light of stars.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, describing Arwen (FoTR, “Many Meetings”):

“… there sat a lady fair to look upon, so like was she in form of womanhood to Elrond that Frodo guessed that she was one of his close kindred. 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.”

Now I’m not saying Elrond looks exactly like a male version of the two most beautiful women in the history of Middle Earth except wait yes that’s exactly what I’m saying

and also why do fanartists never portray this in all its imaginative glory I thought you guys were all about reveling in Tolkien’s glorious excuse to draw male elves who are so pretty it hurts, why not the most canon one?

First there is desire
Then… passion!
Then… suspicion!
Jealousy! Anger! Betrayal!
Where love is for the highest bidder,
There can be no trust!
Without trust,
There is no love!
Yes, jealousy…
Will drive you… mad!


Modern Day Indian Actresses as Indian Royalty 

Keladi Chennamma [Samantha Ruth Prabhu]: was the Queen of Keladi Kingdom (1677-1689) in Karnataka.  After her husband Somashekhara Nayaka’s death in 1677,Chennamma efficiently handled the administration of the Keladi Nayaka dynasty. During her reign of 12 years, she repelled the advances of the Mughal Army led by the infamous Aurangzeb from her military base in the kingdom of Keladi located in Sagara. She also rendered a trade agreement with the Portuguese involving commodities like pepper and rice. She was given the epithet “the Pepper Queen or Raina da Pimenta’ by the Portuguese. She is considered as the epitome of Kannadiga women’s valor, along with Onake Obavva and Kittur Chennamma.

Nur Jahan [Kangana Ranaut]: (31 May 1577 – 17 December 1645) born as Mehr-un-Nissa, was Empress of the Mughal Empire as the chief consort of Emperor Jahangir. A strong, charismatic and well-educated woman, she is considered to be one of the most powerful and influential women of the 17th century Mughal Empire.  She remains historically significant for not only the sheer political power she maintained (a feat no Mughal women before her had ever achieved) but also for her contribution to Indian culture, charity work, commercial trade and her ability to rule with an iron fist.

Rani Lakshmi Bai [Anushka Shetty]: Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi (19 November 1828 – 17 June 1858) was the queen of the Maratha-ruled princely state of Jhansi, situated in the north-central part of India. She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and for Indian nationalists a symbol of resistance to the rule of the British East India Company in the subcontinent.

Noor Inayat Khan [Vidya Balan]: Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, GC, (2 January 1914 – 13 September 1944) was an Allied SOE agent during the Second World War who was awarded the George Cross, the highest civilian decoration in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations. Also known as "Nora Baker”,“Madeleine”,and “Jeanne-Marie Rennier,” she was the descendant of Tipu Sultan, the 18th-century ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore. . As an SOE agent during the Second World War, she became the first female radio operator to be sent from Britain into occupied France to aid the French Resistance.

 Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi [Rima Kallingal]: Rani Bharani Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi (1848–1901) was the Senior Rani of Travancore from 1857 till her death in 1901. Her consort was the famous poet and writer, styled the father of Malayalam literature, Sri Kerala Varma Valiya Koil Thampuran. She achieved much attention in the 19th century, not only due to her singular achievements and accomplishments, but also because of her uncompromising loyalty towards her spouse. The Rani’s artistic talent and her scholarly pursuits brought for her, along with the popularity she already enjoyed, a great deal of acclaim and respect. She was, by all means, a perfect role model and queen for her people. 

Gayatri Devi [Deepika Padukone]: Gayatri Devi (23 May 1919 − 29 July 2009), often styled as Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur, was born as Princess Gayatri Devi of Cooch Behar. She was the third Maharani of Jaipur from 1939 to 1970 through her marriage to HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. Following India’s independence and the subsequent abolition of the princely states, she became an extremely successful politician. Gayatri Devi was also celebrated for her classical beauty and became something of a fashion icon in her adulthood. She has been counted in ‘The Ten Most Beautiful Women of the World’ along with actress Leela Naidu by Vogue Magazine.

“The most beautiful women are the easiest pushovers. The fact is that the most beautiful women in history always had unhappy romances. Beauty is not of prime importance to an actress, except where her role is that of a beautiful woman. And beauty alone seldom brings you things you really want…” – Marlene Dietrich 

Source: Leonard Lyons (1957)