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| Lord of the Rings (LOTR) Tarot - Elves
The Elves were the fairest of all earthly creatures. They were slender and graceful but strong and resistant to the extremes of nature. They had keen senses and were telepathic. They did not sleep, instead resting their minds in waking dreams or by looking at beautiful things. They loved all beautiful things, especially the wonders of nature above all the waters of Ulmo, and the stars of Elbereth that had shone on them at their awakening.
Their curiosity and desire for knowledge was insatiable. They valued communication highly, were by nature good and abhorred all works of evil. They were not subject to age or disease but could be slain or die of grief. Age only made them wiser and more fair.
Of all their arts, they excelled best in speech, song and poetry. There is always Light on the Elven face, and the sound of their voices is various and beautiful and subtle as water. They created many objects of great skill and beauty that were never surpassed, and since the Dying of the Light (the Two Trees) will never again be achieved.
Their correspondence with the Tarot suit of Wands is clear in the Elven flair, sparkle, curiosity, creativity and magical attributes.
This is the awakening of the Elves by Eru Illúvatar at Cuiviénen in the starlight of the Sleep of Yavanna. The elf could be Ingwë of the Vanyar Eldar.
Two elves skilfully and beautifully craft.
The card meaning is balanced enterprise and power.
The Mirror of Galadriel amid the beautiful land of Lothlórien and some of its silver-barked trees. The Mirror of Galadriel showed events far away in space and time, at Galadriel's command or spontaneously.
In the LOTR and in relation to this card's Tarot meaning, it provided a great opportunity for Samwise and Frodo, and also gave hope to Frodo (Gandalf was alive) and success (a banner bearing the white tree emblem shining in the sun = the success of Aragorn and Gondor). But the task had really only begun...
Elves are shown relaxing after their work and skills have produced a successful and abundant harvest and associated prosperity.
Elves dressed for combat signify war games.
The victory depicted here (of Six Wands) is the successful flooding away of the Black Riders at the Ford of Rivendell by Elrond and Gandalf. The river was commanded to rise up like an army of white knights and white horses. This allowed the Ringbearer Frodo to obtain refuge, companionship and wise counsel in Elrond's Court. And so the saga continued...
'Elf 7' is a collage depicting a solitary Elf surrounded by many of the evil creatures of Middle-earth: bloodsucking bats, Easterlings, the flies of Mordor, the Haradrim, Orcs, Trolls and Wargs. In terms of Tarot card meanings, the single Elf (perhaps symbolic of the Elven race) is facing an insurmountable task, but in the LOTR success comes through perseverance. So it means: Stand up for your rights.
This shows the vanguard of the Elves undertaking the Great Journey. The Tarot meaning is: rapid movement and fast-expanding horizons.
This is the Doors of Durin to Khazad-dûm, the Dwarven kingdom, and is inscribed with Elven letters. The Fellowship of the Ring passed through here. The Doors were constructed of Ithildin, a material fashioned by the Elven Ñoldor of Eregion, visible only by starlight or moonlight, and only after it was touched by one who spoke certain words of lore. Integrating this with the card's Tarot meaning, it is a point of strength and a prudent precaution against marauding enemies like Orcs.
This card shows Lothlórien in a bleak and fading light. The fairest realm of the Elves is now deserted, a dismal shadow of its former self. This demise of this once beautiful forest happens after the unmaking of the One Ring. Lothlórien was created by the Elven ring Nenya of Galadriel. Nenya's powers and constructions were dependent on the existence of the One Ring. The forest fades away and the Elves depart. The associated Tarot meaning is: overexpansion of resources and ambitious burdens.
The 'Elf Page' is perhaps Eldarion, son of Aragorn and the half-Elf Arwen; or Elladan or Elrohir, half-Elven twin sons of Elrond and Celebrían, who remained in Imladris well into the Fourth Age. Their choice of mortality or immortality is unclear.
This is Legolas, one of the Companions of the Ring, representing the Elves. He became very friendly with Gimli, the Dwarf Knight.
This is Celebrían, the wife of Elrond and the Lady of Rivendell. She is the daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel. She may appear very young and not at all as the mature woman typical of Tarot Queens. The Elves do not age like humans, actually becoming fairer with age. Her name means "silver crown-gift".
This is Celeborn, husband of Galadriel.
Or perhaps it is Círdan, the Lord of the Grey Havens, the bearer of one of the three Elven Rings of Power, Narya. He later gave Narya to Gandalf to assist Gandalf's great mission: to help defeat Sauron.
by Bruce Mitchell
by Bruce Mitchell
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