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Kirinki: It seems Thranduil loved emeralds:



From that treasure Bard sent much gold to the Master of Lake-town; and he rewarded his followers and friends freely. To the Elvenking he gave the emeralds of Girion, such jewels as he most loved, which Dain had restored to him. (The Hobbit)


Do you think there is a kind of connection between the sap-green emeralds and the love for trees? The trees most cherished by Thranduil´s people were the beeches:



In fact the subjects of the king mostly lived and hunted in the open woods, and had houses or huts on the ground and in the branches. The beeches were their favourite trees. (The Hobbit)


If there is any leaves that makes me think of emeralds, that is the new spring leaves of the beeches. (Just a few weeks now! Sigh!:daisy

Is it possible that the name given to the prince Legolas might refer to the beech trees, as a sort of honorific?
Does anyone remember any references in LotR concerning Legolas and beeches?


Luthien: I think that the connection is there too, more than likely. Elves have always had a thing for green though didn't they? I think beryl, the elfstone was green also!

Offhand I don't remember any references with Legolas and beeches.


Rain: I do remember Legolas talking about the trees in Mirkwood, but I really don't know if there are any references to beeches in particular. Legolas is a Silvan name, is it not? Wouldn't it be Laegolas in Sindarin - correct me if I'm wrong.





Morgan: Luthien, Kirinki,
Being very interested in the esoteric properties of stones myself, I have often thought about the signifigance of beryls. There are actually several different forms of beryl and not all of them are green. There are also bixbite, goshenite, heliodor, morganite and a variety known simply as golden beryl. Of all these, only emeralds are truly green. The rest range in colour from black, to blue/green, red, gold, yellow and rose.
Symbolically, emeralds represent love, domestic bliss, sensitivity and loyalty within self and within others. They are said to bring harmony to all areas of ones life. Very appropriate for Elvish symbology don't you think?
The Elessar was also green and IIRC, was made to capture the essence of sunlight through the green leaves.


Luthien: Yes indeed Morgan, these stones do represent very Elvish aspects of existence. Thanks for the info!