14 Oct 2009

One Lifetime, One Evenstar!

(My "Evenstar" by Lei)

(My "Evenstar" by Lei)

One of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery created for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is the fantastic pendant known as Arwen’s necklace . Worn by Arwen, this striking necklace is also known as the Evenstar , the name given to Arwen by her people because of her incredible beauty. Arwen Evenstar gives her beautiful necklace to Aragon in the movie The Fellowship of the Ring, to pledge her eternal love to him. This special gift from an immortal elf to a mortal man symbolized Arwen's decision to forsake her immortality to be with the person she truly loves.

Designed by Jasmine Watson, originally only one was made because it was not supposed to be seen much in the movie and stay around Aragorn's neck , tucked under his shirt. Viggo Mortensen liked the pendant so much, the chain was eventually shortened so that it could be seen around his neck, for this reason about 20 pendants where made during filming. When asked about the process of designing Evenstar, Jasmine Watson, few years ago she said:

"The Evenstar was the most complex piece to design, even though compared to some of the other designs it appears relatively simple, it is a very pivotal piece of jewellery in the film. Arwen (who wears it) is referred to as 'the evenstar' of her people, so it needed to have a star like quality, yet being of elven design and make it needed to have a hand made organic feel, and be extremely well crafted, complex and almost magical."

(Jasmine Watson's "Evenstar")

Aragorn: You said you'd bind yourself to me, forsaking the immortal life of your people.
Arwen: And to that I hold. I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.
[hands him her pendant]
Arwen: I choose a mortal life.
Aragorn: You cannot give me this.
Arwen: It is mine to give to whom I will. Like my heart.

(LOTR-The Fellowship of the Ring movie script)