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Goldberry, the River-Daughter

Within the “official” text, Goldberry only appears during the Old Forest chapters in Lord of the Rings. She does, however, also make an appearance in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, which are supposed to be a collection of hobbit poems/folktales. Similar to Tom Bombadil, Tolkien never really explains Goldberry. Which means we have several fascinating theories to choose from.

The most important clue to Goldberry’s identity is her relationship with the river Withywindle. Tom calls her the “river-woman’s daughter.” This is important because it tells us a few things: first of all, it’s just awesome to see a character defined by her female relatives (I’m sorry, but it just happens so rarely.) Beyond that, the fact that Goldberry has a mother means that she’s not one of the Maiar. But, it could be that she’s the daughter of a Maia. Perhaps Melian wasn’t the only one to marry and have a child. It’s possible that Goldberry is the product of another Maia/elf match. If this is the case, I’d think that Goldberry’s mother is the Maiar half of the pair, since in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil it’s mentioned that Golberry’s mother’s home was underwater (“‘Go down! Sleep again where the pools are shady far below willow-roots, little water-lady!' Back to her mother’s house in the deepest hollow swam young Goldberry.”)

Another important clue is this note Tolkien makes in one of his letters regarding Goldberry: “We are not in 'fairy-land’, but in real river-lands in autumn. Goldberry represents the actual seasonal changes in such lands.” Many readers have taken this to mean that Goldberry is some sort of nature spirit, or perhaps the same type of Other that Tom Bombadil is (some things just can’t be defined, you know?) But it could also be that Tolkien was speaking from a purely narrative/literary point of view, and not meant to affect her actual identity within Middle Earth. This quote also fits in with the child-of-a-Maiar theory, by the way - we see several Maiar that represent a part of the world (for example, Osse and sea storms, or (more literally, I suppose) Arien and Tilion as the sun and moon.

Of course, there’s also no way to prove that Goldberry isn’t a simple elf - the “river-daughter” bit could be more poetic than literal (and The Adventures of Tom Bombadil is by no means a historical account.) Some fans even believe that Goldberry is a descendant of Nimrodel (because of Nimrodel’s love for the river Nimrodel.)

Whatever Goldberry is, she’s certainly something special. Not only does she seem to be living in blissful happiness with Tom Bombadil (which is impressive, as I’m afraid the singing would get on my nerves within a week), but she obviously has an effect on the people she meets. Frodo’s description of her is particularly beautiful, I think:

He stood as he had at times stood enchanted by fair elven voices; but the spell that was now laid upon him was different: less keen and lofty was the delight, but deeper and nearer to mortal heart; marvelous and yet not strange.

So here’s to the river-daughter, whatever she is.

SOURCES: LOTR, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

we might fall {a gallavich one-shot}

ian x mickey || rated r for mickey milkovich-approved profanity

synopsis: Ian doesn’t have a breakdown in 4x12. Mickey takes his lover and runs.

Lying on the grass now, dancing for the stars.

Maybe one will look on down and tell us who we are.


The roadtrip is Mickey’s idea, but don’t fucking remind him of it. 

“I wanna do something nice,” Mickey had dropped casually, pretending that it didn’t feel really fucking fantastic to see his carrot top’s face light up the way it did. “You know, since your whiny ass is constantly nagging about us being a couple." 

Ian bit down on his bottom lip, and Mickey nearly dropped his cigarette. Jesus.

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