Amroth was an Elven king of Lothlórien.

Although he was descended from the Sindarin Elves, Amroth was pleased to adopt the customs of the Galadhrim and to live in a high house on Cerin Amroth, a hill in Lothlórien.

Biography Edit

Third Age Edit

When Amroth's father, Amdír, was killed during the Battle of Dagorlad in SA 3434, Amroth became the King of Lothlórien. He became the last of the ruling Sindar over Lorien.

Amroth and Nimrodel Edit

Amroth's beloved, a beautiful Elf Maiden named Nimrodel, regretted that Elves from Beleriand, which was under assault by Morgoth, were being admitted into Lothlórien. She believed that these foreign Elves brought wars and destroyed the peace that Lothlórien's inhabitants had once enjoyed. When a Balrog was awakened in Moria by the delvings of the Dwarves and they fled north to the Grey Mountains, many of the Elves living on the west side of Lórien moved inward, and the Galadhremmin tightened their guard. Nimrodel, living on the west side of the forest by the stream that afterward bore her name, preferring not to mix with the Galadhremmin who she deemed invaders of the golden wood, instead fled to Fangorn Forest in TA 1981 (Third Age). Amroth followed her to the forest, which was much closer to Lothlórien than it later became. Upon attempting to enter the forest, Nimrodel was halted and badly frightened by the movements and murmurings of the Black Huorns who barred her entrance. She lingered on the edge of the forest, unsure of what to do. Amroth found her there a day later.

There, Amroth and Nimrodel spoke long and earnestly with one another, Amroth begging for her favor. Eventually, the Elf-Maiden promised that she would marry Amroth only if he brought her to a peaceful land.

Amroth vowed that he would leave the Elves of Lothlórien, even if a time came when they needed him most. However, none of Middle-earth was at peace and Amroth believed that the Elves would never enjoy peace again. He suggested that he and Nimrodel should travel across the Sundering Seas to the Undying Lands.

Amroth knew that the Sindarin Elves had come to the Bay of Belfalas, a haven south of Lothlórien, long ago. Although the majority of those elves had left Middle-earth and sailed to the Undying Lands, Amroth was aware that some of their kind still built ships and offered passage to any of the other elves wishing to leave Middle-earth. After Amroth made the necessary arrangements, he and Nimrodel left Lothlórien.

However, they somehow became separated on their journey. Amroth looked for Nimrodel, but his search was unsuccessful so he continued south towards the Sundering Seas.

Fate Edit

At the havens on the Bay of Belfalas, Amroth found that the few remaining Sindarin Elves who remained in Middle-earth were preparing to leave aboard the only seaworthy ship that they had. Although they welcomed Amroth aboard, they were unwilling to wait for Nimrodel. They hoped that she was in Gondor and that she had not attempted to cross the White Mountains, where many unfriendly Men and evil creatures lived.

The summer was almost over and it would soon be autumn, which was expected to bring dangerously strong winds. However, the Elves saw that Amroth was extremely upset. They had removed all their possessions from their houses on the shore, so they waited with Amroth on their ship for many weeks. Summer passed and autumn came, but Nimrodel still did not arrive.

One night, one of the fiercest storms in the recorded history of Gondor came from the Northern Waste, swept through Eriador and caused an enormous amount of destruction to Gondor. Many of the ships that the Men of Gondor had built were swept away from the coast and sank. The wind broke the light Elven-ship from its moorings and hurled the vessel far from the Bay of Belfalas, driving it towards the coasts of Umbar.

At dawn of the following morning, the storm dissipated. However, when Amroth awoke, he saw that the ship was already far from its port. Full of despair, Amroth screamed Nimrodel's name, threw himself into the water below and drowned.

The ship was never seen again in Middle-earth, although it is likely that the vessel left the Circles of the World and eventually reached Tol Eressëa, an island that the Eldar used to enable them to complete the Great Journey.

Neither Elves nor Men ever saw Amroth or Nimrodel again, but there were many legends concerning Nimrodel's fate.

Legacy Edit

The Elf Maiden shared her name with a stream where she once lived, which indirectly flowed into the Bay of Belfalas. According to Elven legend, Amroth's voice continued to emanate from the sea and Nimrodel's voice often resonated from the stream that shared her name.[4][3]

Etymology Edit

Amroth means "upclimber" or "high climber", from am ("high, going up").[5] It refers to his having built and dwelt in a flet high in the trees on Cerin Amroth. The name was of Lemberin language (later "Avarin"), along with other Sindarin names such as Legolas, Nimrodel, and Thranduil.[6]

Amroth in Song Edit

Legolas sang an extract from a long and sad song to Frodo Baggins by the banks of the Nimrodel. The song, which depicted the story of Amroth and Nimrodel, was sometimes sung in Rivendell.[4]

An Elven-maid there was of old,
A shining star by day:
Her mantle white was hemmed with gold,
Her shoes of silver-grey.

A star was bound upon her brows,
A light was on her hair
As sun upon the golden boughs
In Lórien the fair.

Her hair was long, her limbs were white,
And fair she was and free;
And in the wind she went as light
As leaf of linden-tree.

Beside the falls of Nimrodel,
By water clear and cool,
Her voice as falling silver fell
Into the shining pool.

Where now she wanders none can tell,
In sunlight or in shade;
For lost of yore was Nimrodel
And in the mountains strayed.

The elven-ship in haven grey
Beneath the mountain-lee
Awaited her for many a day
Beside the roaring sea.

A wind by night in Northern lands
Arose, and loud it cried,
And drove the ship from elven-strands
Across the streaming tide.

When dawn came dim the land was lost,
The mountains sinking grey
Beyond the heaving waves that tossed
Their plumes of blinding spray.

Amroth beheld the fading shore
Now low beyond the swell,
And cursed the faithless ship that bore
Him far from Nimrodel.

Of old he was an Elven-king,
A lord of tree and glen,
When golden were the boughs in spring
In fair Lothlórien.

From helm to sea they saw him leap,
As arrow from the string,
And dive into the water deep,
As mew upon the wing.

The wind was in his flowing hair,
The foam about him shone;
Afar they saw him strong and fair
Go riding like a swan.

But from the West has come no word,
And on the Hither Shore
No tidings Elven-folk have heard
Of Amroth evermore.

Other versions of the legendarium Edit

Amroth was briefly the son of Galadriel and Celeborn, brother of Celebrían. In this version, he lived in Eregion and fled with Galadriel and Celebrían between TA 1350 and TA 1400.[3]

He was called as Ammalas in earlier writings, and was the lover of Inglorel (Nimrodel).[7]

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓምሮጥ
Arabic عمروث
Armenian Ամրոտհ
Belarusian Cyrillic Амрот
Bengali আম্রথ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Амротх
Chinese (Hong Kong) 安羅斯
Georgian ამროთი
Greek Άμροθ
Gujarati આમ્રોથ
Hebrew אמרות'
Hindi आम्रोथ
Japanese アムロス
Kannada ಅಮ್ರೋತ್
Kazakh Амротһ (Cyrillic) Amrot (Latin)
Korean 암로ᄐᄒ
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Амротh
Macedonian Cyrillic Амрот
Marathi आम्रोथ
Mongolian Cyrillic Амрот
Nepalese आम्रोथ
Pashto آمروته ?
Persian امروته ?
Punjabi ਅਮਰੋਥ
Russian Амрот
Serbian Амрот (Cyrillic) Amrot (Latin)
Sinhalese ආම්‍රොථ්
Tajik Cyrillic Амротһ
Tamil ஆம்ரொத்ஹ்
Telugu ఆమ్రొథ
Urdu امروت
Ukrainian Cyrillic Амрот
Uzbek Амротҳ (Cyrillic) Amroth (Latin)
Yiddish אַמראָטה
King of Lórien
Preceded by
Amroth Succeeded by
Celeborn and Galadriel (as Lord and Lady of Lothlórien)
SA 3434 - TA 1981

References Edit

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, and of Amroth King of Lórien"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter VI: "Lothlorien"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, II: "The Appendix on Languages", Languages at the end of the Third Age
  7. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 7: The Treason of Isengard, XII: "Lothlórien"