The Mighty of the Mighty
Seemingly as long in the making as J.R.R. Tolkien worked on his masterpiece, here we present the mighty long hair of the Tolkien Legendarium.
Most everyone is familiar with The Lord of The Rings, made widely popular by Peter Jackson’s acclaimed film trilogy, but passionate Tolkien fans have gone deeper into this spectacular fictional world in The Silmarillion, the ancient history before the War of the Ring. The most ardent followers have been further enthralled by The Fall Of Gondolin, The Children Of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and beyond.
Whether you’ve read every word of The Book of Lost Tales, or you’re vaguely familiar with the movies, we can all appreciate some of the mightiest, most glorious and powerful manes in all of Arda.
Long Hair in the Tolkien Legendarium
Before diving into the legendary long hair of Tolkien, it is appropriate to consider its symbolism in the Tolkien Legendarium.
Many dozens of characters’ hair is described throughout the texts. Accounts of hair length, color, curl pattern and the manner in which it’s worn are common—as are other physical features, like height, eye color and skin color—and yet hair seems to hold a particular symbolism all its own.
Beyond merely a physical description, the portrayal of a character’s hair often signals power and might, omnipotent at times, as with Lúthien, but also grace, beauty, glory, vitality and wisdom.
This symbolism surely applies across male and female characters, and while this is a list of male characters, the balance wouldn’t be complete without the mighty locks of Lúthien, Galadriel, Morwen, Éowyn, Arwen, Rosie Cotton and many other female characters.
This presentation is intended as a commentary. The characters, their accounts and descriptions are the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The images presented were created with Midjourney, a large language and diffusion model. It should be assumed that all data used by Midjourney in creating these images is rooted in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Direct quotes from The Lord Of The Rings, The Silmarillion, The Fall Of Gondolin, Beren And Lúthien, and The Children Of Húrin are in italics. All rights are reserved by the Tolkien Estate.
Mighty Long Hair of Tolkien
Lest We Forget
It’s with deep gratitude The Longhairs offers this humble commentary on the Legendarium, not just for the fictional universe with which we are enamored, but for the uncounted hours of deep thought, intense focus, unbound creativity and the labor of a lifetime in its creation.
The work of J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien and their contributors demonstrates the spirit of The Longhairs’ core values, ‘creativity and authenticity,’ and ‘do things right,’ and we’re forever thankful for their example.
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