Happy Mother’s Day!

On Mother’s Day, I am thinking about how many characters in Tolkien’s legendarium are motherless. Feanor, Aragorn and Frodo lost their mothers. Sam only ever mentions his “old gaffer.” Perhaps Rosie Cotton is the best and tenderest example of motherhood Tolkien gives us. In his letters, Tolkien wrote, “I think the simple ‘rustic’ love of Sam and his Rosie (nowhere elaborated) is absolutely essential to the study of his (the chief hero’s) character and to the theme of the relation of ordinary life (breathing, eating, working, begetting) and quests, sacrifice, causes, and ‘the longing for Elves’ and sheer beauty.” I hope that all of the moms in GHG find the perfect balance between home and adventure! Happy Mother’s Day! Image

One thought on “Happy Mother’s Day!

  1. Though Tolkien hated allegory, I think this may be a point where his own life experience colored his writing, having lost his own mother (and father) at a young age. There is also a bit of a trend to almost ‘deify’ motherhood in the few mothers he does show. Also, there is a sort of reflection of the beauty he saw in and the admiration he had for motherhood and femininity within the context of marriage which echoes his love for his wife. He deals much more often with the actual couple than he does the parent child relationship.

    Morwen and the children of Hurin is the only extended Motherhood figure I can bring to mind.

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