Arwen Undómiel

"In the middle of the table, against the woven cloths upon the walln there was a chair under a canopy, and there sat a lady fair to look upon, and so like was she in form of womanhood to Elrond that Frodo guessed that she was one of his close kindred. Young she was and yet not so. The braids of her dark hair were touched by no frost, her white arms and clear face were flawless and smooth, and the light of stars was in her bright eyes, grey as a cloudless night; yet queenly she looked, and thought and knowledge were in her glance, as of one who has known many things that the years bring. Above her brow her head was covered with a cap of silver lace netted with small gems, glittering white; but her soft grey raiment had no ornament save a girdle of leaves wrought in silver."
LotR, Book II, Chapter I - Many Meetings


Arwen, daughter of Elrond and Celebrían, was born in the year 241 Third Age in Imladris. Her brothers were Elladan and Elrohir.
She was called Undómiel, the Evenstar of the Elves.

She spent most of her lives in Imladris and Lórien. Her beauty was so great she was compared to Lúthien.

In 2951, Aragorn was walking in the woods near Imladris, singing the Lai of Lúthien, when he saw a maiden. Thinking he had wandered astray in a dream, he had the impression that she was Lúthien herself walking before his eyes.
He called her Tinúviel, Tinúviel! as Beren had. That is how he met Arwen.

In 2980, Aragorn, weary to travel the world and wishing to rest in Imladris, happened to go through Lórien. There, grown to full statue of body and mind and wearing rich clothes offered by Galadriel, he saw Arwen under the trees of Caras Galadhon. They stayed together during the whole season and, on the evening of Midsummer, upon the hill of Cerin Amroth, they plighted their troth.
However, Elrond set a condition to their wedding: Aragorn should first gain the crowns of Gondor and Arnor.

During the War of the Ring, she wove a standard for Aragorn, upon which "flowered a White Tree, and that was for Gondor; but Seven Stars were about it, and a high crown above it, the signs of Elendil that no lord had borne for years beyond count. And the stars flamed in the sunlight, for they were wrought of gems by Arwen daughter of Elrond; and the crown was bright in the morning, for it was wrought of mithril and gold."

When the war was over, upon the day of Midsummer, in presence of Elrond, Elladan, Elrohir, Glorfindel, Celeborn and Galadriel, Aragorn married Arwen in the City of Minas Tirith.
With this wedding, Arwen made the same choice as Lúthien and her fate was parted from the fate of the Elves. But as a last gift, she left Frodo her place in the boat which should have taken her to the West.

She lived 120 years with Aragorn and gave him a son, Eldarion and many daughters.
It was only when Aragorn went to the House of the Kings in Rath Dínen in order to die that she understood the bitterness of the fate of men.

"But Arwen went forth from the House, and the light of her eyes was quenched, and it seemed to her people that she had become cold and grey as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Then she said farewell to Eldarion, and to her daughters, and to all whom she had loved; and she went out from the city of Minas Tirith and passed away to the land of Lórien, and dwelt there alone under the fading trees until winter came. Galadriel had passed away and Celeborn also was gone, and the land was silent.
There at last when the mallorn-leaves were falling, but spring had not yet come, she laid herself to rest upon Cerin Amroth; and there is her grave until the world is changed, and all the days of her life are utterly forgotten by men that come after, and elanor and niphredil bloom no more east of the Sea."
LotR, Appendix A (V) - Here Follows A Part Of The Tale Of Aragorn And Arwen

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