Tori Amos’ Daughter’s Name Inspired by Tolkien – The Golden Wood

by Feb 3, 2001Other News

It seems that Tori Amos, a fan of The Lord of the Rings, has chosen quite a beautiful middle name for her daughter, if I do say so myself. Here’s an excerpt from the most recent newsletter from

When Tori was pregnant, she would read to the baby. Among her choices was Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings.’ The book made a strong impression on Tori (and the baby, as you’ll see!). From ‘Lord of the Rings,’ Book 2, Chapter 6:

“There lie the woods of Lothlorien!’ said Legolas. ‘That is the fairest of all the dwellings of my people. There are no trees like the trees of that land. For in the autumn their leaves fall not, but turn to gold. Not till the spring comes and the new green opens do they fall, and then the boughs are laden with yellow flowers; and the floor of the wood is golden, and golden is the roof, and its pillars are of silver, for the bark of the trees is smooth and grey.”

In choosing the middle name for the baby, Tori and her husband Mark decided on “Lorien,” short for “Lothlorien” which as you’ll see from the above quote, is “the fairest” of woods and always alive with color.

Do any of you Tori Amos fans know of other homages to Professor Tolkien’s work in her music? If so, email me!

Thanks to Mike C. for alerting us to this little bit of contemporary Tolkien!


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