“Nienna looked at the pale Moon under the shadow of her distant halls. She remembered the glory of the Two Trees and all the pain that Melkor caused by his greed and envy. But in silence she recalled the Music of The Ainur and how Melkor’s actions were present even there, as a terrible melody in the middle of unfolding mysteries. And as she revived the Music in her thoughts, her sorrow grew but so did her compassion. For Nienna is the mighty one who cries for all the unjust and terrible things that happen in the world, but she is also the one that teaches endurance and wisdom through adversity. And by her tears, everything is purified and hallowed so that the mysteries can dance with the Music as it unfolds.”
“I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew:
Of wind I sang, a wind there came and in the branches blew.
Beyond the Sun, beyond the Moon, the foam was on the Sea,
And by the strand of Ilmarin there grew a golden Tree.
Beneath the stars of Ever-eve in Eldamar it shone,
In Eldamar beside the walls of Elven Tirion.
There long the golden leaves have grown upon the branching years,
While here beyond the Sundering Seas now fall the Elven-tears.
O Lórien! The Winter comes, the bare and leafless Day;
The leaves are falling in the stream, the River flows away.
O Lórien! Too long I have dwelt upon this Hither Shore
And in a fading crown have twined the golden elanor.
But if of ships I now should sing, what ship would come to me,
What ship would bear me ever back across so wide a Sea?”
Gate of the Elvenking’s Halls + Nargothrond.
The design of Gate of the Elvenking’s Halls is very like that of two of Tolkien’s pictures of the entrance to Nargothrond, an underground stronghold of elves in ‘The Silmarillion’ of which the halls of the Wood-elves in The Hobbit are a close analogue.