Characters/Pairing: Tar-Vanimelde, later Queen of Numenor, as a young girl
Book/Source: Unfinished Tales
Disclaimer: Tolkien invented this character, but I believe he didn't like her much. I think she needs a little love.
In the disused ballroom in the old west wing, Vanimelde dances. She dances, all by herself, to the music in her head.
She lifts her arms, she twirls, she leaps… She is beautiful. She is powerful. She is at the centre of the universe. She is Luthien, whose dancing ushered in the spring after the harshness of winter. She is the Valie Nessa, who, swifter than the deer, danced at the world’s first wedding in Almaren.
Some of Vanimelde’s teachers rather disapprove of these stories. Vanimelde does not quite know what she thinks of them, but she hears their music.
A/N: As a Queen, Tar-Vanimelde is said to have left the business of ruling to her husband, because she was more interested in music and dance. This is obviously intended as an illustration of the beginning of moral decay in Numenor. But I think there is something to be said for knowing when to delegate and for patronage of the arts.