1 May 2010

Love Day In Middle-Earth - Long Live The King!

On this first day of May we celebrate the union of Samwise Gamgee and Rosie Cotton. The month of May which is associated with rebirth, fertility and love is chosen by Professor Tolkien as a very happy time in Middle-Earth . The Shire is alive again after a long winter. Flowers are budding, the fields have been prepared for the new crops, the air is getting warmer. Tolkien must have been aware of the importance of this time of the year in Celtic/Gaelic mythology. Today (May 1) is Beltane which in ancient times marked the beginning of summer season and its the time when livestock is driven again to summer pastures. May day in the British Isle is marked by a joyful festival of growth and fecundity that celebrate the arrival of summer, even more so in rural and farming community . In Celtic tradition Beltane marks the union of the God and the Goddess bringing new life to the earth and it is a traditional time for Handfastings (marriages) . So its no surprise May was chooses by Professor Tolkien as a time of happiness and love in Middle-Earth.

"And so it was settled. Sam Gamgee married Rose Cotton in the Spring of 1420 (which was also famous for its weddings), and they came and lived at Bag End." (J.R.R.Tolkien)

On the first day of May in Middle-Earth Aragorn son of Arathorn of the the DĂșnadan is crowned King Ellesar Telcontar Envinyatar. Once more Tolkien chooses this day for such an important event as the Return of the King.

"Faramir cried: 'Behold the King!' And in that moment all the trumpets were blown, and the King Elessar went forth and came to the barrier, and Hurin of the Keys thrust it back; and amid the music of harp and of viol and of flute and the singing of clear voices the King passed through the flower-laden streets, and came to the Citadel, and entered in; and the banner of the Tree and the Stars was unfurled upon the topmost tower, and the reign of King Elessar began, of which many songs have told." (J.R.R.Tolkien)

Today is a very special day in Middle-Earth .It is a time of celebration, exuberance and hope, when we should enjoy and appreciate the gifts of nature, love and rebirth :)