Urwendi

Urwendi Naur-Loth, "Flame-Flower"

Name Urwendi
Status
Active
Occupation
An warrior, an artist, an smith
Age
She was born in the early years of the Second Age
Race
Elf
Residence
She lived in Ost-in-Edhil, after the fall of Eregion, she helped build Rivendell, where she now lives
Kinship
Outward Appearance

Physical Description:

 

The tall High Elf elleth wears a sword at her belt, a splendid weapon of crystal, steel and pure mithril, with a blade that glitters like starlight. But even when wielding such a precious weapon, she still shines like a jewel that pales all the others to insignificance. Her piercing eyes are very large, in the teardrop shape of the Elves, a deep warm blue in color, with starlight mirrored in their expressive depths. Her face is slender, but her high cheekbones and firm chin give her a look of authority that lays like steel beneath the velvet of her beauty, with passion, wit and courage. She has exquisitely fair features, like a living statue carved from bright marble and lit from the inside by the deep, warm glow of her inner fire. Her face seems wise and innocent in equal measure, which makes it impossible to estimate her age. Hair of coppery red falls to her shoulders but is then swept into a clasp at the side of her head, where the strands gather into the image of a soft-petaled rose. No mark or blemish is present on her ivory skin.  

 

Personality:

 

She was named after the Sun, the dazzling celestial body that governs life and vitality. The Sun never goes retrograde, and likewise, Urwendi is renowned for her stability, loyalty, and consistency. She's known for her determination, but above all, celebrated for her bravery. Like a crackling fire, she's tend to be warm, passionate, dynamic and bold, dives headfirst into even the most challenging situations. Urwendi works hard to achieve her goals and to honor her commitments. She isn't likely to be persuaded to take an alternative route to meeting her goals, and her independent spirit often keeps her from asking for help when she needs it. In these situations, Urwendi's willfulness can look like stubbornness to others. Her sense of honor is intense, she holds both herself and others to a very high standard, and she's deeply wounded when someone breaks that code. Over the long centuries of her life, she has acquired many skills, but she devoted herself mainly to smithing and carving, poetry and martial arts. Through her father, she has the blood of Mahtan Aulendil, the legendary smith from Blessed Realms, in her veins. After his kin, she inherited red hair and a passion for crafts. After the fall of Eregion, when she had made a sword, Silevegil, her life's work, she decided that she would never forge a more perfect weapon. Instead of weapons, she focused on creating beauty now, mostly sculptures. Urwendi is said to create statues that are so realistic that they have to be tied down to stop them from wandering off. She's entirely devoted to her craft, some of her works decorate Rivendell. As a Noldo, Urwendi has a natural sympathy with dwarven minds and their passionate love of crafts of hand, the Dwarves are "the Children of Aulë," and the Noldor had been a pupils of Aulë and Yavanna in Valinor.

 

For many years she served in the guard of Imladris. Elrond trusts Urwendi to act on her own initiative and she is frequently away from Rivendell for extended periods of time wandering the surrounding lands alone or in the company of other Elves. Her travels have brought her into frequent contact with the Dúnedain, the Rangers of the North, and she is known and trusted by them. Like many of her kind, Urwendi has an intense love for Middle-earth and a strong desire keep it safe from threat. While she has the option, as one of the Eldar, of leaving this troubled realm behind and sailing into the West, she long ago resolved not to seek that road while the fate of Middle-earth yet hangs in the balance. Above all, she wants to see Middle-earth safe from the destruction Sauron would bring. In the meantime, she endeavors to assist her people, the Rangers and her lord, Elrond, in any way she can.

 

The image: screenshot from the game, edited, and painted over by myself

Background

Urwendi Naur-Loth, "Flame-Flower", was born in the Second Age of Middle-earth. Her father, Sarnod, one of the survivors of Gondolin, who had been among Turgon's artificers from the House of the Hammer of Wrath, did not go West at the Downfall of Melkor, but crossed Ered Lindon with his people and came into Eriador. Sarnod was related to Mahtan Aulendil, a legendary smith from the Blessed Realms and had an almost 'dwarvish' obsession with crafts and inherited rare red hair of his kin. When they entered that region there were many Noldor, together with Grey-elves, and for a while they dwelt in the country about Lake Nenuial, Evendim on the north. It was there that he met Lothíriel of the Grey-elves of the Falas, they fell in love and were wedded. During their sojourn near Nenuial was born, at some time between the years 350 and 400, their daughter, Urwendi, and their son, Ithilion. Her father named her "Sun Maiden" in honor of the red star that shone at her birth. Since childhood she was strong, and free of mind, and filled with the desire of knowledge. In her youth she loved to wander far from the dwellings of her people, either beside the long shores of the Sea or in the hills with her younger brother, trusted companion in many journeys.

Having heard tales of the Mithril in the Misty Mountains, Celebrimbor had crossed the Ered Luin into Eriador, enthralled by visions of the great works that might be wrought with the magical metal. Thus, for many years prosperity reigned and elvish smith-craft grew. Sarnod and his children joined the brotherhood of Elven master craftsmen, Gwaith-i-Mírdain, the People of the Jewel-smiths. In 750 year of Second Age, they established their kingdom in Eregion. Ost-in-Edhil was the chief city of the new Elven realm. It was only hundred miles from the great dwarven city of Khazad-dûm and a peace was forged between the two contrary peoples. Both Elves and Dwarves had great profit from this association. Gwaith-i-Mírdain achieved greater feats of workmanship than any other individual or group in Middle-earth, save Fëanor. Urwendi kin were devoted to Aulë and her father was a great smith himself, dear to the heart of Celebrimbor Silver-fist. Of Sarnod Urwendi learned much of crafts: the making of things of metal and stone. From her youth, she showed an affinity for such arts and was fortunate to have as her teacher Celebrimbor, the greatest of the living smiths. News about Ost-in-Edhil came to the ears of Dark Lord Sauron. When he felt himself to be secure he sent emissaries to Eriador, and finally, in about the year 1200 of the Second Age, came himself, wearing the fairest form that he could contrive. Urwendi was a promising student when Annatar arrived. Although she disliked him, she often listened to him and took his advice because of the knowledge that went behind it. Years passed, the young elf grew into a warrior and was also known as Naur-Loth, the sindarin word for "Flame-Flower" - partly for her red-haired beauty, and partly for the searing anger she loosed in battle.

Like many of the Elves, Urwendi studied many arts during her long life, but concentrated her skills upon a single great work with her father. For decades, this work had been the forging and enchanting of a great sword. After many years, in a rite that gathered starlight and magic upon the mountaintop plateau, they had completed their task. It was a joint work of great talent and family love. Sarnod forged and hardened the sword. Urwendi brother, Ithilion, had bound moon magic into the shining blade. Since beauty has a power of its own, Urwendi had made of the sword's hilt a work of art replete with gems and intricate carvings. Upon the blade she had etched runes that portrayed - and perhaps captured - the enduring strength of elven love. Her mother had woven with her own hands the intricately designed silken sheath that padded Sarnod's scabbard. For years, the lore masters had been predicting that this sword, Silevegil -"White Crystal Sword " - would play an important role in the history of the People of the Stars.

Urwendi was in Eregion when Sauron and his forces did sweep down upon the city like a storm. Ost-in-Edhil fell, with Celebrimbor himself leading a last desperate defence on the steps of the House of the Mírdain. Sarnod fought alongside the other Elves to defend the city, but was shot through with Orc-arrows. As he lay dying on the battlements, Sarnod gave his sword, Silevegil, to Urwendi that she might protect herself. With that sword, she fought free of the Glamhoth and joined Elrond's forces sent to help by the Gil-Galad. Lord Elrond had gathered such a few of the Elves of Eregion as had escaped, but he had no force to withstand the onset. He was forced away northwards, and it was at that time in the year 1697 that he established a refuge and stronghold at Rivendell. Fierce were the battles, and long the struggle lasted. Devastating as is a single Elven death, the demise of so many is overwhelming. Urwendi wept for them, the Elves whose lives had just begun, no matter their ages. But she fought on, a hollowness in her breast whenever she thought of her brother, Ithilion. But as the forces of Dark Lord ravaged the lands of Eriador, slaying all the small groups of Men and hunting the remaining Elves, many fled to swell Elrond's host to the northward. Among them, to her joy, Urwendi found her brother. She wept to see him, and he wept, too, together they lamented the loss of their father. Slowly their grief subsided, for the war continued and she had battles to fight regardless of her distress, and war waits for no one. When Sauron invaded Eriador, Gil-galad called on Númenor for aid. A great army of Westernesse arrived. Sauron's forces were caught in between the armies, and destroyed. The war ended in SA 1701 when Sauron retreated to the east, but Eregion was gone, and most of Eriador destroyed. For many years the Westlands had peace.

Sarnod's children remained in the Rivendell, since Eregion was destroyed, and all their kin had perished. These were the dark years for Middle-earth, but the years of the glory of Númenor. Many centuries later, High King Gil-galad and Elendil the Tall formed a mighty alliance, the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, and marched on Sauron, who had grown great again, assailing the Dark Tower of Barad-dûr. Ithilion and Urwendi joined their people, battling shoulder to shoulder and back to back. With the first overthrow of Sauron by the Alliance, the Second Age came to its end.

After the war, Urwendi and her brother returned to Imladris. Urwendi had not yet fallen in love, but  Ithilion married Edhellos, the maid of Celebrian from Lothlorien. But he lost her in 2509 year of Third Age when her lady was journeying to Lórien when she was waylaid in the Redhorn Pass. Her escort being scattered and slaying by the sudden assault of the Orcs, Edhellos among the victims. Centuries passed, and centuries more, and in that time Urwendi developed her skills and talents. She had, after all, forever to learn, and she was just beginning. More wars came unto Middle-earth, though most were skirmishes and of little import in the long scheme of things. Urwendi and Ithilion in Hidden Valley had little to do with such. At times, however, Urwendi did take up Silevegil and fare forth upon some mission or task. And so, too, did her brother. Life in the valley was peaceful for them, Urwendi served as a Imladris guard for a while, later, however, she focused on carving to decorate the Last Homely House as beautifully as possible.

Everything changed in the year 2518 of Third Age. During one of his expeditions, Ithilion was murdered by the foul magic of a Black Númenórean, Aglarân. Full of despair, Urwendi swore to avenge her brother. She joined forces with the other heroes who pursued him. Ten years they sought the monster, Urwendi and her mortal companions. After many trials, the four of them finally came upon Ithilion's slayer within the Forochel, and Aglarân met his doom under the ice on the Northern Waste.

She has returned to Rivendell and as with the rest of her kind, she had little noted the passage of time; after all, she had just begun her life's journey, not realizing the critical juncture that she now was beginning to enter. The Lady of the Golden Wood foretold her that the evil she had defeated once would reappear and that Urwendi must face it with the descendants of mortals who helped her on her mission five hundred years ago. The warrior puts on her armor again and, armed with a sword, sets out on her way.

Friends
She has been living in Imladris since it was founded, so she knows most of the inhabitants there
Relatives
Her father Sarnod (deceased), brother Ithilion (deceased), mother Lothíriel (sailed West after the Battle of Dagorlad). Urwendi comes from the kin of Mahtan Aulendil, so she possibly have some relatives in Middle-earth
Rivals/Enemies
Loves
Art, ancient lore, music, poetry, and her sword, her people, valley of Imladris
Hates
Destruction of life and beautiful things. The bloodshed of the innocent. Dark Lord Sauron, Aglarân the Black Numenorean, Orcs and other vile creatures
Motivation
To protects her people and her creations with the gentleness of a sculptor and the unspeakable power of a master swordswinger.
Quotes
"I am a product of the flames which burnt me; the anvil which forged me; and the will that made me grow formidable instead of breaking"

Urwendi's Adventures

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