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Three Rings for the Elven Kings

August 9, 2005 2 Comments

Cognac_evenstar_lotr_1Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all,
One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
–J.R.R. Tolkien,
“The Lord of the Rings”

 

 

 

 

Amber & Sterling Silver Evenstar pendant inspired by Lord of the Rings @ amberjewelry.com

They’ve finally arrived! Of course, these aren’t rings, but rather the elfstone worn by Arwen Evenstar “Ondomiel”. I’ve seen official versions (ours are “inspired by 😉 ” with amethsyt & Swarovski crystals which are beautiful as well. These are comparable in size, but feature Baltic amber of course, & the shape of the amber has been slightly flattened out. Polish sterling silver also contains anti-tarnishing additives, so this jewelry design is sure to stay bright & gleaming, just what you would expect from elves. 🙂

As a child I was a voracious reader- one of those “reads cereal boxes” kids & spent countless hours happily immersed in Tolkien’s tales of Middle Earth, of hobbits, dwarves, the dragon Smaug, curled upon his treasure deep in the Misty Mountains. Of course the elves were always my favorite, especially Galadriel. So we’re pretty thrilled to have this piece. It’s really a treasure if the trilogy is close to your heart & almost a catnip kind of ecstasy if you also happen to be an amber fan!

The trilogy Lord of the Rings has always been wildly popular in Poland. There’s a real Celtic feeling to the tale & while it is not widely known, there are strong ancient cultural ties between the Celts, who settled Poland & the Poles themselves. Once you know about it you can see plenty of hints of it, in the Polish pottery patterns, for example. In fact the first time I visited the Northern Lake Country in Poland I thought there was a strange, almost elf-like Irish quality or appearance on many of the faces I saw & a beauty to the land that also evoked the Ireland of my imagination- which is someplace I’ve not yet been lucky enough to travel.

I did get to do some traveling this summer- I was lucky enough to go to Portugal for nearly two weeks! I stayed here, at the wonderful Hotel Costa Caparica, just outside Lisbon.

But the real highlight of my summer was meeting my real-life hero, General Wesley Clark down in Little Rock, Arkansas! It was great fun to meet some of my electronic blogging pals in person, as well, and to walk through the downtown River Walk area, enjoying the open air shops & cafes that pepper the area- a nice little stroll that takes you all the way over to the Clinton Presidential Library. Actually it was curious, there was someone selling amber at the Riverwalk in an open-air stall.

This is the first & well, only Presidential Library I’ve visited & I really enjoyed the tour. It is compact enough to see in an afternoon. The building looks a bit odd from a distance, but up close it is quite attractive. I understand there are something like 660 different species of trees planted at the site, though it being a young project these are very young right now. All in all a nice way to spend an afternoon.


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