Nimrodel was a Nandorin elf living in Lothlórien when the Noldor and Sindar arrived in the Third Age. She disliked the newcomers, all except the Sindar prince Amroth, who became her lover. He promised to sail with her to the Undying Lands, but their ships were separated. As Amroth awaited her aboard his ship, a storm arose, sweeping his ship out to sea. Amroth leapt into the water and tried to swim to shore, but drowned in the attempt. The fate of Nimrodel is unknown.
“Do you hear the voice of Nimrodel?” asked Legolas. “I will sing you a song of the maiden Nimrodel, who bore the same name as the stream beside which she lived one ago. It is a fair song in our woodland tongue; but this is how it runs in the Westron speech, as some in Rivendell now sing it.” In a soft voice hardly to be heard amid the rustle of the leaves above them he began:
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.
You've done a wonderful illustration with a beautiful mood!
There are so many characters, important or less, Tolkien created and named...it is just unbelievable! There are many where I think 'oh, what did they?'...I often have to do some research again. And then I'm sometimes surprised what role they played, although it didn't take much part in the books.
Is the hand proportionate though? The fingers look super long! I must say she looks beautifully fragile and vulnerable, which suits the tragic tale.