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LotR: Queen Beruthiel by LadyElleth LotR: Queen Beruthiel by LadyElleth
An entry for Back to Middle-earth Month 2010 at SWG: Queen Berúthiel of Gondor. She apparently was of Black Númenorean descent and from an inland city south of Umbar. Her marriage to King Tarannon, presumably, was arranged for political reasons.

She was the nefarious, solitary, and loveless wife of Tarannon, twelfth King of Gondor (Third Age 830-913) and first of the "Ship-kings", who took the crown in the name of Falastur "Lord of the Coasts," and was the first childless king (...). Berúthiel lived in the King's House in Osgiliath, hating the sounds and smells of the sea and the house that Tarannon built below Pelargir "upon arches whose feet stood deep in the wide waters of Ethir Anduin;" she hated all making, all colours and elaborate adornment, wearing only black and silver and living in bare chambers, and the gardens of the house in Osgiliath were filled with tormented sculptures beneath cypresses and yews. She had nine black cats and one white, her slaves, with whom she conversed, or read their memories, setting them to discover all the dark secrets of Gondor, so that she knew those things "that men wish most to keep hidden," setting the white cat to spy upon the black, and tormenting them. No man in Gondor dared touch them; all were afraid of them, and cursed when they saw them pass. (...) Her name was erased from the Book of the Kings ("but the memory of men is not wholly shut in books, and the cats of Queen Berúthiel never passed wholly out of men's speech"), and that King Tarannon had her set on a ship alone with her cats and set adrift on the sea before a north wind. The ship was last seen flying past Umbar under a sickle moon, with a cat at the masthead and another as a figure-head on the prow.

(J.R.R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth)

Another footnote states that there also is a connection between Tarannon's childlessness and Berúthiel's cats, though no further elucidation is given in the UT. Her cats have also become famed for finding their way home, Tolkien mentioning again that she (...) trained them to go on evil errands by night, to spy on her enemies or terrify them, and Aragorn stating in the Lord of the Rings that Gandalf is surer of finding the way home in a blind night than the cats of Queen Berúthiel.

Anyway. I hope I did her some justice.

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tronapage Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Amazing...It was HER lack of love that caused the king to be childless...Could it be possible that HIS lack of love for his foreign, strange and POLITICAL bride led to her childlessness? And where is the information on how many children might have been born to him on the wrong side of the blanket? This sounds to me like the oft told tales of a king marrying for political reasons and when the time was right, riding himself of the unwanted thru one reason or another. Witchcraft or being barren usually served that purpose.
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jennycuenca Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
You've "captured" Queen Beruthiel very well. She looks quite fetching and haughty and just how I imagined a "Dark Numenorean" to look like.
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pandemonium-213 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Oh, you've done Queen Beruthiel justice in a big way with this beautiful rendering -- you've given her beauty, dignity and a mien of sadness combined with a dark haughtiness. I've always wondered what *her* side of the story was.
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tronapage Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Exactly what I was wondering,
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lockstock Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Nice to see someone portraying the lesser-known characters. Very well done portrait image! :D
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AcideChoke Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
thanks for the use and beautiful picture
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Lirulin-yirth Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Ah, here she is with her cats! =) Glad to see them all here too!
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photowizard Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for picking my stock to use and for letting me know that you had. Also thank you for the link to your wonderful deviation in which my work was used. I am a huge Tolkien fan myself.
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, I found the 9th black cat! :dance:
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AinuLaire Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Wow, you never see her portrayed! Excellent!
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Verbeley Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Evil because loving simplicity and black, oh Mr Tolkien :D

Nice to see someone showed her some heart ^^
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dolphinjump Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
I was wondering for a long time who queen Beruthiel is, since I read Aragorn's comment, but I could not find anything else about her. Very interesting... I might just pick up unfinished tales again!
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heidinanookie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you. That was most enlightening!
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PurebloodsMalfoys Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist
Amazing idea.;D
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice picture, I love the colours! :-) And it's nice that you portrayed this character, which is not so well known, but still very interesting. :nod:
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