"Rose and me had settled to call him Frodo, with your leave; but it's not him, it's her. Though as pretty a maidchild as any one could hope for, taking after Rose more than me, luckily. So we don't know what to do.'
'Well, Sam,' said Frodo, 'what's wrong with the old customs? Choose a flower name like Rose. Half the maidchildren in the Shire are called by such names, and what could be better?'
'I suppose you're right, Mr. Frodo,' said Sam. 'I've heard some beautiful names on my travels... it must be a beautiful flower, because, you see, I think she is very beautiful and is going to be beautifuller still.'
Frodo thought for a moment. 'Well, Sam, what about elanor, the sun-star, you remember the little golden flower in the grass of Lothlorien?'
'You're right again, Mr. Frodo!' said Sam delighted. 'That's what I wanted.'
- The Grey Havens, The Return of the King
After Mr. Frodo's suggestion, Sam decides to name his firstborn daughter Elanor, a name of uncommon beauty and light. Though Elanor the Fair plays but a small part in the great world of Middle-Earth, we -- as wives, mothers, daughters, and friends -- can see ourselves in her reflection (as we can with most all of Tolkien's characters).
As we make our own homes, as we learn and grow and live in faith and simplicity,
as we seek to be virtuous and fair, we embrace the spirit of Hobbiton
and carry it with love into our own wide world.
Through these essays and articles, I hope to share my thoughts and reflections on Tolkien's world, the beauties of Catholicism, and ways we might bring a bit of Hobbiton into our own lives.
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