Arwen Noble maiden
Ar(a) high, noble, royal
-wen maiden

Elelome Evenstar

Arwen Undomiel

Other names: Evenstar, Lady of Rivendell, Undomiel, Elelome
Date of birth: TA 241
Race: Half-elven
Date of death: FO 121
Parents: Elrond, Celebrian
Spouse: Aragorn
Date of marriage: TA 3019
Children: Eldarion, several daughters

Arwen was born in the year TA 241, as the last child of Elrond Peredhel and Celebrian, daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn.
Her full name consisted of three names. Arwen, her chosen name, Undomiel a privately given mother name and a name given to her by Galadriel.
Galadriel gave her the name Elelome, which means Evenstar, because of her likeness to Luthien Tinuviel, who was declared the morning star of her people. Arwen should be the evening star of hers, the last glory before the elves should fade.

After her mother had passed on to Valinor in the west, Arwen spent many years in Lothlorien with Galadriel and Celeborn, her grandparents.
It was there that she first met Aragorn, who at that time went by the name of Estel which means hope. Aragorn, who had just reached the age of twenty, fell in love with her almost immediately. But she did not return his feelings.
Elrond saw Aragorns love for Arwen in his eyes and spoke with him. Aragorn should not get Arwens hand until he was the king of Gondor and Arnor, and only then if Arwen was willing.

Rumors of strange and dread deeds were spreading across the lands of Rohan and Gondor. It seemed that a captain of Gondor, who was called Thorongil was the mightiest they had ever had. He was invincible in battle, according to the rumors.
But it is not likely that Arwen ever heard any of these.
Arwen was happy, but every now and then a thought crossed her mind. Had she treated Aragorn unfair? He could not be blamed for loving her even though he was a moral man.
The day came, that would change her life forever. Aragorn, not knowing that she was there, came to Lorien. When she found him, she knew that she loved him. And why she loved him, only she knew.

Arwen and Aragorn plighted their troth on a midsummer night on the hill of Cerin Amroth. Arwen was happy, yet her heart was torn. She would be parted from her people forever. But not even the knowledge of never seeing her mother again could stop her from loving Aragorn.

Soon Aragorn had to leave for Rivendell. On the edge of the stream of Nimrodel they said farewell. It was then that Aragorn gave her the ring of Barahir, as old as Beren and Luthien. Knowing what it meant she accepted it. And as her token she gave him a flower of elanor.

When the Fellowship of the Ring set out, Arwen said goodbye to Aragorn early in the morning. As the company moved on she felt her heart breaking. Elrond could not watch them part, for he could not bear seeing his daughter in such pain.
From this moment on, Arwen knew her doom.

After waiting for a long time, the Ring was finally destroyed, and Aragorn was king of Gondor.
Soon after that Arwen, Elrond and most of the elves of Rivendell departed for Gondor.
And Aragorn wedded Arwen Undomiel in Minas Tirith on the day of Midsummer. But through all the happiness, Arwen was grieved. She knew that soon she would bid farewell to her father for the last time. In Edoras she spoke to him the last time and remained hidden as they rode away. For she was not able to bear the sight of her father riding into the distance.

They lived very happy. Arwen had almost forgotten that one day Aragorn must die. It came unexpected to her when Aragorn proclaimed the coronation of their son Eldarion and told her that his time on earth was over.
She begged him to stay, but at last she let him go. He died holding her hand.

Unable to be without Aragorn she bid farewell to her children and wandered to, the now faded, lands of Lorien.
She stayed there forawhile and then put herself to rest and Arwen Undomiel, Evenstar of her people, passed away from the earth forever.

Arwen by Peter Jackson ->

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