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Great Bear-dance

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The Great Bear-dance or ruxöalë was an annual event in Númenor. It was held in Tompollë, in autumn, and it gathered many people from all over the isle because it was shortly after the Eruhantalë. This dance was the most famous of the bear-dances, which bears performed for their human friends. In these dances, as many as fifty or more bears might participate.[1]

The Quenya name for this dance was first typed by Tolkien as ruxopandalë, and then changed to ruxöalë,[2] so it can be deduced this is a short form.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XIII. Of the Land and Beasts of Númenor", p. 335
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XIII. Of the Land and Beasts of Númenor", "Notes", p. 341, note 2