Saturday, November 4, 2017

Idh Ryss en Belegaer

Seldom do I attempt to name anything in Sindarin. Why? Depending on what you're trying to say, the rules are quite complicated. You have to account for word origins, how each vowel changes when going from singular to plural, and special grammatical mutations. Of course, the name I had my heart set on involved quite a few special rules. "Idh Ryss en Belegaer" means "The Whispers of the Belegaer" (Idh Ryss (pl. the whispers--singular form being I Rhoss) + en (conj. of the) + Belegaer). Just in case you're wondering, Belegaer means great/mighty (beleg) sea (aear) and refers to the expansive sea west of Arda. Of course, I may have gotten my translation into Sindarin wrong. By no means do I declare myself an expert. My only guide, currently, is a small notebook that contains the Sindarin crash course my college Tolkien professor attempted to give ten years ago. If anyone can confirm or correct my attempt, please let me know!

Grammar lesson over! *wipes sweat from brow*

This is one of my favorite outfits that my Hunter wears. There are two reasons. The first being the lack of gold ornamentation in the chest armor. If you are to browse through many of the elvish skins offered, you're sure to notice how common it is having golden trims, accents, and leaves. Not having those typical designs makes for a cleaner, more soothing appearance while maintaining a simple elegance. Second, many of the blue and green dyes (my favorite colors) make a wonderful pairing with the silver of the hauberk. Too bad there's no sapphire blue would have been perfect! Ered luin blue comes close, but not close enough. Sea green, however made the perfect match for a certain pair of Summer Festival cosmetics which have been collecting dust for ages!

And what better place to model this, after finishing it, than the Belfalas Homesteads! This location on the Gondorian coastline is the inspiration for this outfit. Although this is technically the Bay of Belfalas, it reminded me of the not so far away Belegaer. In fact, this inlet spills into the Sundering Seas. Somewhere out there lies the Straight Road, a path open only to the Elves (and a few other select individuals) and traversable by special ships also built by the Elves. And at the end of that ethereal path lay Aman and Valinor, to where the Elves were called not just once, but twice by the Valar. And, as the Ages of Middle-earth continue to pass, the desire to return grows.

Shoulders: Mantle of the Summer Sea (Sea blue, Summer Festival barter reward)
Back: Cloak of the Summer Sea (White, Summer Festival barter reward)
Chest: Alliance of the Third Age Hauberk (Sea blue, Mordor Collector's Edition bundle)
Hands: Heavy Nadhin Gauntlets (Sea blue, Dol Amroth Heavy Armor Quartermaster or post-50 world drop)
Feet: Heavy Nadhin Boots (Sea blue, Dol Amroth Heavy Armor Quartermaster or post-50 world drop)

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