Mae Govannen. Welcome to
Nandaromar! This page and its sisters deal with my fascination with
Arda as depicted by J.R.R. Tolkien in his works and those of his son
Christopher.. They deal also with a very dear pursuit of mine and that
is reenacting a Dúnadan Ranger from the lost kingdom of Arnor..
What I like to do is, in effect, be a Ranger. No, I'm not from Middle
Earth,, not a descendent of Numenorë, none of that. What I mean is
that I like to go out into the forests and hills and practice the
skills that a Ranger would have and need, rather a hobby of sorts...a
reenactment of part of a work of fiction although not a LARP, not the
SCA, nor any other such group. There are no made up orcs, no monsters,
no magic spells, nothing save myself as I am in the here and now,
testing myself, learning, and enjoying the speculations that accompany
this. Regard it as a kind of hobby that allows a former Marine to keep
some skills sharp, learn some new ones, and enjoy nature and an adored
series of stories all in one go. Some might find that rather crazy, but
then I've never worried over that to be honest.
So, I work on archery,
hunting, fishing, herb identification, wildlife identification and
tracking, weapons skills, making my own kit and clothing, camping and
cooking at the most basic level. It helps my fitness, exercises my
mind, entertains me, and gives me an outlet for stress. I should say up
front that I do not carry items nor do things that violate the law or
rules of places in my reenactment.
I wear pretty simple tunics,
rather like T-tunics really although more fitted, simple trousers with
buttons or drawstrings, a bodice of sorts for obvious reasons, high
soft leather boots, a cloak, a pack, and of course carry quiver and
things when I can. A staff too generally speaking.
I have a particular fondness for Númenorë and the Elf
havens of Mithlond and Edhellond. I am a Ranger, but also am drawn to
the sea; the seabird and ship imagery of Númenorë, Elendil, and
Gondor is very poweful with me. The Sea Kings are a very attractive
thing to ponder.. No, I am not a sailor, although I have been to sea
and have sailed. I suppose I'm a bit torn between the 2nd Age and the
Bound up in all of this is also my philosophical path of Druidry;
living with the natural world, within the rhythms of life and as part
of it all, not above it or outside it.
May the Vala bless and keep you.
Eledhwen of Nandaromar
Eledhwen of Nandaromar