Legelion

Legelion (Methlegel) Feveren of Mirkwood

Name Legelion
Status
Active
Occupation
Wood-elf
Age
Young; not yet full-grown*
Race
Elf
Residence
The Woodland Realm in northeastern Mirkwood
Kinship
Noss-e-Laegrim
Outward Appearance

At first glance he seems no different from any other of the Elven-folk, for he is fair of face and dark of hair; slender, lithe, and light on his feet. But looking closer, you mark that he is somewhat less in height and girth than is common for an Elf. Also, he has a carefree air about him and an aspect of unworldliness revealed by his bright-eyed, curious wonder at all he beholds; thus you deem that he is still young, perhaps even not yet full grown.*

 

His garb is of the colours of the forest, his brow is unadorned, and his feet are unshod. His unstrung bow is short and recurved, made for hunting in the deep greenwoods; he is girt not with a sword, but with two long elven knives. You guess therefore that he is a Silvan Elf, but why he has forsaken his secluded woodland home you cannot say.

 


* "Not until the fiftieth year did the Eldar attain the stature and shape in which their lives would afterwards endure, and for some a hundred years would pass before they were full-grown."

- Morgoth's Ring, 'The Laws and Customs Among the Eldar'

Background

"The feasting people were Wood-elves, of course. These are not wicked folk. If they have a fault it is distrust of strangers. Though their magic was strong, even in those days they were wary. They differed from the High Elves of the West, and were more dangerous and less wise. [...] In the Wide World the Wood-elves lingered in the twilight of our Sun and Moon but loved best the stars; and they wandered in the great forests that grew tall in lands that are now lost. They dwelt most often by the edges of the woods, from which they could escape at times to hunt, or to ride and run over the open lands by moonlight or starlight [...] Still elves they were and remain, and that is Good People. "

- The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

.: Names :.

 

Birth-Name: Methlegel - "Last Green-elf". **
(So named for he is the last of a proud line of Laegil that came out from Ossiriand to merge with the Tawarwaith of Eryn Galen early in the Second Age of Arda.)

Chosen-Name: Legelion - "Son of Green-elf"
(A Silvan adaptation of the byname, 'Laegelion', given by the Sindar of Thranduil's court, which he has taken as his chosen-name for he deems it a merry jest!)

Mother-Name: Cethron - "Seeker"
(Given due to his natural curiosity and inquisitive nature.)

After-Name: Feveren - "Joyous Soul"
(Given by his Laegren clan.)

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Little is known of the naming lore of the Úmanyar. However, in her essay Elven Naming Traditions of Middle-earth on Realelvish.net, Fiona contends that:

"The Elves of Beleriand are the ones most likely to have naming traditions echoing the traditions in Valinor [...] Therefore, when Doriath was conquered and the Sindar fled deeper into Middle-earth to live in the lands of other Telerin Elves, they brought these strong traditions and their language with them. Since the language was adopted, it doesn’t seem too strange that the naming traditions would come along too."

Etymology:

Laeg: archaic Sindarin form of the Nandorin lego ("green") cf. Laegrim ("the Green Elves"); sing. Laegel, pl. Laegil ("Green-elf"/"Green-elves")
Legel: Silvan dialect of Laegel ("Green-elf") cf. Laegolas/Legolas ("Green Leaf")
Methlegel: methen ("end/final") + Legel 
((Kudos to Elaran at r/sindarin))
Legelion: legel + -ion (son of...) from the Sindarin 'Laegelion'
Cethron: cesta- ("to seek, search for") + -on (cf. cestaed - “curious, seeking, inquisitive”)

Feveren: fe (Silvan dialect for "soul" - Q. fëa, S. fae) + meren ("festive/gay/joyous")

.: Notes :.

 

A note on the alphabets:
Legelion's teacher was a student of Daeron in Doriath during the First Age, and thus the Angerthas Daeron is the certhas in which he was first schooled.
But the Tîw is much used in these latter days, and so it behove him to learn these also.

(Both alphabets are transcribed using Glǽmscribe.)

"...the Runes, or Cirth as they were called, were first devised by the Danians... in the woods of Beleriand, and were in the beginning used mainly for incising names and brief memorials upon wood, stone, or metal."

- The Peoples of Middle-earth, 'The Appendix on Languages'

"The alphabets were of two main, and in origin independent, kinds: the Tengwar or Tîw, here translated as ‘letters’; and the Certar or Cirth, translated as ‘runes’. The Tengwar were devised for writing with brush or pen [...] The Certar were devised and mostly used only for scratched or incised inscriptions. [...] Dwarves made use of such scripts as were current and many wrote the Fëanorian letters skilfully; but for their own tongue they adhered to the Cirth, and developed written pen-forms* from them."

- The Lord of the Rings, 'Appendix E: Writing'

* It is my guess that the Iathrim would have too.

Regarding the calendar used in 'Diary' entries:
It is assumed that the Silvan Elves of Mirkwood had no need for a formal calendar, but the Sindar brought with them the same elvish calendar that was later used in Imladris. However, this reckoning brings great bewilderment to the mind of Legelion!

Regarding the language used in 'Diary' entries:
Legelion learned to read and write Sindarin from the Grey-elves of the Woodland Realm, and he writes in this tongue as best he can.

"... little is now known of the Silvan Elvish. The Silvan Elves had invented no forms of writing, and those who learned this art from the Sindar wrote in Sindarin as well as they could."

- Unfinished Tales, 'History of Galadriel and Celeborn'

 

.: Tale of Years :.

 

   It is told that in the Elder Days of yore, there were those Lindar of the host of Olwë who were daunted by the shadowed heights of the Hithaeglir, and they forsook the Great Journey and followed Lenwë -- or Dân, as my kin name him -- southwards along the Great River; there they settled in the Vales of Anduin and were thereafter named the Danwaith, the Host of Dân. They became a people apart, wise in woodcraft and leechcraft, and much lore they learned of living things: trees and herbs, birds and beasts.

   But in after years evil came from the North, whereat Denethor son of Dân gathered a part of his scattered woodland folk and they removed westwards over Ered Luin into Beleriand ere the rising of the Moon and Sun, and there they long dwelt in the green-shadowed forests of Ossiriand. They were thenceforth called the Laegrim, for their raiment was the colour of leaves; and their fair voices were heard across their country, hence was it named Lindon.

   But Morgoth Bauglir brought war to the Country of Balar, and for wellnigh five hundred years its armies stood against the dark might of Angband in the War of the Jewels (but the Laegrim fought no battles save the first, and thereafter they lived in their greenwoods in wariness and secrecy.)
   Then Eärendil undertook the perilous voyage to Valinor, and there he besought the Powers of Arda to deliver the Eruchîn in the West from the malice of Morgoth. The Valar heeded his plea, but in the War of Wrath the lands of Beleriand were laid waste utterly and sank beneath the deep waters of Belegaer. That part of Lindon which yet stood was sundered in twain; the mountains were broken and into the great gulf swept the sea.

   And it came to pass that Ereinion Gil-galad was declared High King of the Elves of the West, and Lindon was his kingdom; but not all desired the lordship of a Noldor king. The Laegrim folk had been kingless since Denethor fell in the First Battle of Beleriand, and they were swift to remove eastwards to the woodland realms of their Silvan kin.

   Some wended their way to Lothlórien, that is Lindórinand in the tongue of the Nandor, but it was to Eryn Galen that my forbears came at the dawning of the Second Age of the Sun, and for wellnigh six and a half thousand years have we dwelt amongst the Tawarwaith; but the lines of my father and my mother both are of the Laegrim, and I am the last of our lineage, save that I wed a fair Laegel elf-maid.

   Alas, this is not to be, for my begetting was in the Year 2964 of the Third Age and I am the only child amongst the Laegil of the Woodland Realm; there are none who are without husbands save those like Amathel, wife of Amdiran my slain brother, who awaits the day when both are reunited in Dor-Rodyn once he returns from the Halls of Mandos.

   For the time of the Firstborn is ending, but unlike the Evair who aforetime remained in Eryn Galen and are more firmly rooted in Middle-earth, the Laegil were of the Úmanyar who set out upon the Great March, and they yet hope to one day complete the journey into the West.
   Therefore they deem it unwise to bring forth children ere we take the Straight Road to Avon, the Blessed Realm; and from Dol Guldur the Shadow that lies over Taur-nu-Fuin grows ever deeper, and the thought of our folk strays oft to the Havens in the West whence sail the ships of Círdan.

Narn Hên in Laegrim

"In Ossiriand dwelt the Green-elves, in the protection of their rivers; for after Sirion Ulmo loved Gelion above all the waters of the western world. The woodcraft of the Elves of Ossiriand was such that a stranger might pass through their land from end to end and see none of them. They were clad in green in spring and summer, and the sound of their singing could be heard even across the waters of Gelion; wherefore the Noldor named that country Lindon, the land of music, and the mountains beyond they named Ered Lindon, for they first saw them from Ossiriand."

- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, 'Of Beleriand and its Realms'

 

"[...] the Green-elves of that land lit no fires, nor did they sing by night."

"Now the Green-elves of Ossiriand were troubled by the coming of Men, and when they heard that a lord of the Eldar from over the Sea was among them they sent messengers to Felagund. ‘’Lord,’ they said, ‘if you have power over these newcomers, bid them return by the ways that they came, or else to go forward. For we desire no strangers in this land to break the peace in which we live. And these folk are hewers of trees and hunters of beasts; therefore we are their unfriends, and if they will not depart we shall afflict them in all ways that we can.’"

- The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, 'Of the Coming of Men Into the West'

.: Chronicles :.

- Narn Hên i-Laegrim - "Tale of a Child of the Green Elves"
(Legelion's journal, written in his own hand)

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- Nern Legelion -
"Tales of Legelion"
(Tales of his childhood in the Woodland Realm)

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Friends
Relatives
Gellin son of Echeleb Túbeng (father);
Amdirren daughter of Reneth (mother);
Amdiran (brother†)
Rivals/Enemies
Naught thus far, but Saevarr son of Várthrek is surely an unfriend;
The creature Gollum has earned his ill will.
Loves
The Woodland Realm;
Eru Ilúvatar;
Sun, Moon and starlight;
beech and oak;
Elven-lore;
reading and writing;
the flute and the harp
Hates
Great spiders; flies;
the Shadow in the Forest
Motivation
Curiosity, inquisitiveness, and wonder.
Quotes
'Behind dark clouds the bright stars yet shine.'

Legelion's Adventures

Eve of Departure 2 months 1 day ago
Leaving Home 2 months 1 week ago
After the Chase 2 months 3 weeks ago
Amarth faeg! ("Evil fate") 3 months 3 days ago
Winter Wine 3 months 5 days ago
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