Boronbereth
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A prolific Elven scholar best known for his volumes of research and speculation on the workings of the body, most often referred to as Boronbereth's Anatomies. Though arguably his flagship works, he wrote many other volumes, and indeed seemed to have something to say about very nearly everything.

He was born in the year 232 of the Second Age to Colaeron of Mithlond and an unknown mother. It was widely speculated that his mother was a Woman of NĂºmenor. Though the scandal of this proved a never-ending hurtle for Boronbereth throughout his career, he never denied it, and was perhaps deliberately evasive on the matter in even his most personal of letters. The best-preserved passage of Boronbereth's own personal writing comes from a letter to an unknown recipient, written late in the Second Age:

I wish to dwell for a moment on the matter of loss, for it has often been on my mind of late. Today especially, for it is Mother's birthday. Father never saw much point in marking the passage of a single year, and later I did not either. But birthdays were always a special thing to Mother, and so I have always remembered hers.

It is still odd for me to think that, but for a single choice of my own, I might have lived out the majority of my days in her company. And yet, here I remain without her, marking the passage of time in arbitrary ceremony, as Men do. It brings an odd sort of loneliness with it.

I have long believed-and in most cases found it to be true-that Eldar who keep only their own company cannot truly comprehend what loss is. Even the most painful and traumatic of partings here in Middle-earth will one day be followed by a joyous reunion in Valinor. It is not death in the truest sense. It is not the yawning chasm of eternal unlife as mortals know it.

The Firstborn have no weight in the world, no means by which we may shape its future. We may only sit and wait out the unmaking of the world, twiddling our thumbs as if patiently awaiting the end of a song that is not our favourite. Indeed, it is Men who are the immortal ones, who will persist beyond persisting, though they know it not. And there is little use explaining, when we ourselves do not know the answer, as only Eru does.

This passage remains to date the strongest evidence that Boronbereth's mother was a Woman. Though it garnered him much criticism amongst the Elven scholarly communities, it made him unusually accessible to Mannish ones. Indeed, many of even his most ardent supporters are unaware that Boronbereth was an Elf at all.

In the year 2812 of the Third Age, Boronbereth mysteriously disappeared while doing filed research on a rumoured Avarin temple in the Trollshaws. In the next few centuries, he passed into obscurity outside of mannish communities.

An adventuring company called The Wayfarers' Guild stumbled across the Avarin temple, Elei ned Evair, and discovered Boronbereth alive and well within it. He explained that the easeful air of the temple must have put him into a fugue, and he had let too much time slip away in contemplation. He agreed to return with them to Rivendell. Since then, his work has enjoyed some resurgence amongst curious Elven scholars.

The Wayfarers returned once more to help Boronbereth solve the temple's final puzzle: the true story of the Avari. Their discovery would forever change the story told about the Avari's origins, and fundamentally altered the life of Boronbereth's Avarin charge, a young elleth named Niphredil. Although Niphredil eventually left to travel with her aunt, Irien, Boronbereth remains at his camp in Nan Tornaeth, learning all he can from the temple alongside his loyal assistant, Angamdir.

Famous Works

  • Boronbereth's Histories Vol. 1 through 24
  • A Discourse on Beleriand
  • Boronbereth's "Anatomies"
  • An Introduction to Arda's Peoples
  • A Student's Guide to The Last Alliance
  • Boronbereth's History of Wine-making
  • Elei ned Evair - On the Matter of Those Who Have Not Seen The Light
  • On the Making of the Grey Ships
  • The Nature of Love
  • Such as Is: A Book of Poems
  • So Will Be: Another Book of Poems
  • A Farewell to NĂºmenor

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