The Holly trees of Eregion

‘We have reached the borders of the country that Men call Hollin; many Elves lived here in happier days, when Eregion was its name. […]“― Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring, “The Ring Goes South”

Eregion or Hollin was a realm of the Noldor in Eriador during the Second Age, located near the Walls of Moria, under the shadow of the Misty Mountains. It was the only lasting Noldorin realm outside Lindon, before its fall sometimes during the Second Age. The name Eregion is Sindarin for “Land of Holly” (ereg means “holly”). Hollin (from hollin-land) is an old form for “holly”; the region abounded in holly-trees, hence its name.

This elven maid used to call Eregion home, and still remembers the splendor of Ost-in-Edhil and the crafts of the Mirdain of Celebrimbor. Nowadays, none of that remains save ruins and the holly trees, who withstood the passage of time ever green and majestic as always. She dressed in a fashion that resembles them, to feel perhaps at home once more in an otherwise grey and cloudy morning, clinging to her memories of what once was. She dances through the trees, lost in her own thoughts…

I like the new Shire Holly clothes we got this festival, though of course I had to find another meaning for them that wasn’t Shie related XD the holly pattern and color are subdued and discreet enough that these items can be used at any time, not specifically Yule, and that’s what I like most about them

head: Shire Holly crown, Yule festival reward

shoulders: Lore-keeper’s Shoulders, red dye, classic skirmish camp barter

chest: Shire Holly dress, olive dye, Yule festival reward

back: Shire Holly cloak, Yule festival reward

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