When Elves Flirt

Reading from Appendix A of The Return of the King this evening and was amused by what could be construed as Arwen’s not-so-subtle come-on line to Aragorn at their first meeting:

Then the maiden turned to him and smiled, and she said: “Who are you? And why do you call me by that name [Tinúviel]?”

And he answered: “Because I believed you to be indeed Lúthien Tinúviel, of whom I was singing. But if you are not she, then you walk in her likeness.”

   “So many have said,” she answered gravely. “Yet her name is not mine. Though maybe my doom will be not unlike hers. But who are you?” 

 

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2 thoughts on “When Elves Flirt

  1. I’ve always thought that! She obviously can see he’s a Man and not an Elf, and almost immediately suggests she’s open to the possibility of ‘getting it on’ man/elf style. I guess the kindest interpretation is that the ‘foresight of her people’ had come upon her.

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