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I chose to write about Rivendell today. Rivendell is an Elven outpost that is a part of Middle Earth, a fictional realm created by J.R.R. Tolkien. To me, it’s a magical place. Elves live there, everything is beautiful and serene, and I like the mild climate. It’s never hot, and it’s also not too cold. So, I re-read the chapters from The Lord of the Rings (with a useful Appendix chapter) that involve Rivendell and now I’ll briefly present this magical Elven place.
Rivendell is situated on the edge of a river gorge and is well hidden from the rest of Middle Earth, surrounded by moorlands and hills. It is also called “The Last Homely House West of the Mountains” and I believe it’s not that far from the sea. Rivendell exudes peace, serenity and a sort of ancient comfort. I like to think it’s a storeroom of knowledge, too. I’ve always pictured it as a sort of beautiful and isolated Swiss resort, especially since Tolkien presumably based Rivendell on Lauterbrunen in Switzerland, which he visited.
I really fell in love with Rivendell when I first saw Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations of The Lord of the Rings. Now that’s a sight to behold! I wouldn’t like to live in Rivendell, but I would definitely like to have a summer cottage there or something like that. I think it’s a great place for reading, too. One could just perch themselves on a bench under a tree and enjoy themselves with a book in their hands, the sounds of the river humming nearby. Ah...