In the tradition of his house Angelimir was the twentieth in unbroken descent from Galador, first lord of Dol Amroth (c. T.A. 2004-2129). According to the same traditions Galador was the son of Imrazor the Númenórean who dwelt in Belfalas, and the Elven-lady Mithrellas. She was one of the companions of Nimrodel, among many of the Elves of Lorien that fled to the coast about T.A. 1980, when evil arose in Moria; and Nimrodel and her maidens strayed in the wooded hills, and were lost. But in this tale it is said that Imrazôr harboured Mithrellas, and took her to wife. (1)But when she had borne him a son, Galador, and a daughter, Gilmith, she slipped away by night, and he saw her no more. (2) But though Mithrellas was of the lesser Silvan race (and not of the High Elves or the Grey) it was ever held that the house and kin of the Lords of Dol Amroth were noble by blood, as they were fair in face and mind.
1) So, any ideas on why Mithrellas left Imrazôr and their two children?
It strikes me as odd and it goes against the grain, this idea of abandonment. That Elves and Men are not meant to mingle, that grief comes from it, well... I suppose that holds true because they didn't live a long happy marriage, did they. But why?
Perhaps because her children were mortal? Because she, a Silvan Elf, longed for the woodland of Lorien again? And her love of the woods overrode her love/desire to remain with her mortal family. Not hard to imagine… wander the woods or watch your loved ones wither and die. Note her son Galador lived a very mortal life, dying (of natural causes) at the age of 125.
Or perhaps dwelling near the sea made her eager take up her journey across the sea once more - as was originally intended when she left Lorien alongside Nimrodel? I’m less inclined to believe that… it seems an odd choice for a Silvan elf in the first place.
2) Why is she a mere Silvan Elf? Not of any apparent noble/royal blood... I wonder at Tolkien's choice. A lesser Elf to play a lesser part I suppose.
I have a friend who thinks it's somewhat wasteful and unnecessary - they're not Luthien and Beren after all. But my thought was; not everyone can play the lead role.
What comes of their union;
- Galador, son of Imrazôr becomes the first Prince of Dol Amroth
- Dol Amroth founded by Galador, is a prominent city of Men
- a strong military force (knights, archers, ships)
- the most skilled harp players in all of Gondor
- Finduilas, sister of Prince Imrahil, wife of Denethor II, mother of Boromir & Faramir
- Imrahil comes to the aid of Minas Tirith in the War of the Ring
- Imrahil saves Faramir from Southrons
- Imrahil recognises Eówyn still lives
- Faramir, Prince of Ithilien, husband of Eówyn
- Lothíriel, daughter o Imrahil, wife of Eómer and Queen of Rohan
- marrying into the royal family of Rohan, raising their status from beyond that of 'lesser Men'.
- creating 'appropriate' matches for the children of Aragorn and Arwen (Dol Amroth, Rohan, Ithilien)
"That is a fair lord and a great captain of men. If Gondor has such men still in these days of fading, great must have been its glory in the days of its rising." ― Legolas, The Last Debate
In that repsect he's a brilliant example of the strength left in Men during the end of the Third Age.
I think that although Imrazôr and Mithrellas didn’t have some epic lay like that of Beren and Luthien - their (understated) union and the descendants that come from it play a vital role in Middle-Earth during the Third Age. And without them - no Dol Amroth, no Finduilas, no Boromir or Faramir.
... back to Mithreallas.
Any more thoughts on her?