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Why Storm Arwen will delight The Lord of the Rings fans

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The first storm of the season has been named Arwen by the Met Office and is due to slam into the UK on Friday and Saturday,

While it is a name thought to be of Welsh origin, many people will associate it with the half-elven character Arwen in JJR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

The character was played by Liv Tyler, 44, in the film versions of the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson and released annually from 2001 to 2003.

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Arwen, who eventually married Aragon in LotR and renounced her immortality to live a mortal life with him after the events of the Middle-earth set films.

Her role in the films was significantly beefed up from her portrayal in the original books, published in the 1950s.

Movie-goers saw Arwen in one of the most thrilling scenes of the first film in the series, The Fellowship of the Ring, when she raises the river to help hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) – the foam turning into white horses and keeping the evil Black Riders at bay.

In the second film, The Two Towers, Arwen reluctantly plans to leave Middle-earth for the elves’ undying lands after being told by her father Elrond the half-elven (Huge Weaving) that she would outlive her love Aragorn (Vigo Mortensen) by thousands and thousands of years.

Her decision to stay in Middle-earth with Aragorn is shown in the third film, The Return of the King.

Arwen is understood to mean ‘greatly blessed’ in Welsh.

Other names on the Met Office storm name list – which does not use names beginning with Q, U, X, Y or Z – include Barra, Corrie, Eunice, Franklin, Gladys, Herman, Imani, Jack, Meabh, Nasim, Olwen, Pol, Sean, Tineke, Vergil and Willemien.

More than 10,000 suggestions were submitted to the Met Office for the list of names for the strongest weather systems to hit the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands over the coming year.

A Met Office spokesman said Kim was nominated in recognition of a “whirlwind” relative and a self-confessed weather watcher, while Logan, a name of Scottish origin, was nominated by several parents and grandparents, including a mention of a grandson who “runs through the house like a tornado” and another who is “as quick as lightning” when playing as a goalkeeper.

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