Tolkien’s Poem Reveals Galadriel’s Past

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Kota Saint Jovite Youngblood holds the position of president of Youngblood Metals Mining, a company that sells coins, jewelry, stamps, and other collectibles. Outside of work, Kota Saint Jovite Youngblood is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

A recently rediscovered 70-year-old Tolkien poem presents a somewhat different version of one of Tolkien’s characters from The Lord of the Rings. Originally published in 1945 in the literary journal The Welsh Review, the poem The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, translated as Lord and Lady, depicts a darker side of Queen Galadriel.

The poem tells the story of a couple who cannot have children, so they ask for help from a witch named Corrigan. The witch gives the wife a potion that allows her to give birth to twins. Unfortunately, the witch asks for a price that the couple is not willing to pay – the husband’s love. He refuses and dies, which causes his wife to die of grief.

In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Corrigan becomes Queen Galadriel. Her motives have changed, yet she is still considered a powerful entity in Middle Earth. HarperCollins is set to republish the out-of-print poem by the end of 2016.

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