The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien is renowned for its heroic quests, underdog characters, and epic battles between good and evil. While the series is known for its timeless lessons and evocative moments, it doesn't focus much on romantic relationships. However, the few couples that do exist in The Lord of the Rings are beautifully written. One particularly surprising couple that pleased fans in The Hobbit is an extra-canon couple. The original trilogy, consisting of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, does justice to amazing and heroic canon couples. Additionally, Prime Video's prequel series, The Rings of Power, features some devastatingly romantic couples.
One such couple is Galadriel and Celeborn, whose love story began in Doriath during the First Age. Galadriel, having witnessed countless battles and mysteries, needed someone who could understand and be her equal. Galadriel and Celeborn have their own duties but always find each other again, even amidst battles and miscommunications. Death itself cannot separate them, as their bond transcends mortal limitations. Together, they have a daughter named Celebrian. Their history is even more intricate and detailed than what is depicted in The Rings of Power or the original trilogy.
Another iconic couple in Tolkien's world is Beren and Lúthien, who serve as the blueprint for beautiful and tragic lovers in The Lord of the Rings. Aragorn often compares himself and his love for Arwen to the epic history of Beren and Lúthien. Beren, a human warrior, and Lúthien, a stunning Elf, have given up so much for each other. Lúthien sacrifices her immortal life to be with Beren, and Beren fights to obtain a Silmaril for her hand in marriage. J.R.R. Tolkien drew inspiration for their story from his own love for his wife, Edith.
Kili and Tauriel, an unexpected romantic pairing between an Elf and a Dwarf, showcase a sincere and heartfelt relationship. Despite the historical mistrust between their races, Kili and Tauriel find love on their quest to reclaim the mountain Erebor. Their time together may have been short and filled with danger, but their connection resonated with fans, making Kili a beloved character.
Gimli and Galadriel share a rare and tender moment in The Fellowship of the Ring. Although Gimli begins his journey proclaiming his distrust of Elves, he develops a deep admiration for Galadriel. In an extended scene, Gimli expresses his awe and delicately asks Galadriel for a memento. She gifts him with three strands of her hair, a gesture of great significance in her culture. This scene showcases a unique bond between Gimli and Galadriel, adding a touch of romance amidst the larger narrative.
Tom Bombadil, a beloved character among Tolkien fans, discovers his wife, Goldberry, in the Old Forest. Tom and Goldberry have a mysterious and ethereal relationship, as they both possess peculiar and wise qualities. While their true nature remains unknown, it's delightful to imagine them enjoying their secluded life in nature, occasionally lending a hand to passersby.
Prince Durin and Princess Disa, introduced in The Rings of Power, have a loving and supportive marriage. Their story is glimpsed through Elrond's perspective, as he has known them since before their union. They have two children together and share a deep love for their family and kingdom. Disa's rationality and judgment balance out Durin's passionate nature, making them a formidable couple.