Technique of creation: digital
The maiden Nimrodel in the grotto for which she is named (the name "Nimrodel" may mean "Lady of the White Grotto). The linden-trees and the waterfall are in reference to Legolas's song (abridged below). 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.
The picture prompt depicts isolation and darkness, with a single ray of light and life within. Nimrodel, unhappy with the changes occurring in Lothlórien, may have sought isolation behind the falls that bear her name. The ray of light represents her beloved Amroth, the only good thing she could see in her life.
Scene from The Fellowship of the Ring:...
“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.
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