I met a lady in the meads,
…Full beautiful–a faery’s child;
Her hair was long, her foot was light
…And her eyes were wild.
I made a garland for her head,
…And bracelets too, and fragrant zone;
She looked at me as she did love,
…And made sweet moan.
I set her on my pacing steed,
…And nothing else saw all day long,
For sidelong would she bend, and sing
…A faery’s song.
She found me roots of relish sweet,
…And honey wild, and manna dew,
And sure in language strange she said–
…”I love thee true!”
– John Keats – La Belle Dame sans Merci
Tenalach : An Irish word used to describe the relationship one has with the elements of nature; earth, wind, fire and water. A profound connection that makes you one with nature and allows you to literally hear the Earth sing.
…Frodo halted for a moment, looking back. Elrond was in his chair and the fire was on his face like summer-light upon the trees. Near him sat the Lady Arwen. To his surprise Frodo saw that Aragorn stood beside her; his dark cloak was thrown back, and he seemed to be clad in elven-mail, and a star shone on his breast. They spoke together, and then suddenly it seemed to Frodo that Arwen turned towards him, and the light of her eyes fell on him from afar and pierced his heart.
He stood still enchanted, while the sweet syllables of the elvish song fell like clear jewels of blended word and melody…
– J.R.R Tolkien
He was waiting there for her beside the pool – a great black horse with shoulders like polished ebony and the water still streaming from his mane and tail. Morag stood and looked at him for a long moment. The great horse looked at her and never moved.
“Will you trust me?” he had asked her the evening before, and she had trusted him then. She trusted him now, and so she walked towards him. She grasped his mane, and still the black horse never moved. She stood on a stone beside him, swung herself onto his back, and the black horse moved.”
― Mollie Hunter, The Kelpie’s Pearls
It is mine to give to whom I will, like my heart.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien – Arwen
“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the Ages of this world alone.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien – Arwen
And so my friends, I leave you with one last quote from Tolkien –
“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”