Written by Eva Bellambi
Photography by Wren Carling
One can only describe our next romantic location as stunningly beautiful, rich and varied. Calas Galadhon, with 10 park-like sims, truly is the lyric mezzo soprano of this quartet due to its warm, rich beauty, and the peace found within.
Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith created, curate, and care for Calas Galadhon and the rest of the parklands which include Dimrill Dale, Misty Mountains, Gulf of Lune, Mirromere and Eryn Vorn. For those familiar with the works of J.R.R Tolkein, these names are easily recognized; however, the worlds that have been created are not a Middle Earth reconstruction.
The depth and diversity of setting is a wonderful thing to behold as one journeys to Calas, as it is often called. Currently a few of the sims are in full winter beauty, several are set for summertime enjoyment, and The Lost Gardens of Theron is an underwater paradise.
Perhaps like Tolkien’s Arwen and Aragorn, you and your beloved will take in the beauty of Calas Galadhon and reminisce about how you first met.
The core sims are styled an idyllic America in the early 1900s. The cozy winter wonderland sets quite a romantic scene. Snow covers the ground and frozen ponds tempt you to skate together. The mountains topped with snow provide a stunning background for your walk through villages where the warm lights shine from quaint buildings.
Although you and your beloved will surely want to walk the grounds, sail the waterways, dance in the glass pavillion, or skate the ponds, I recommend starting your tour of Calas in a balloon. Drift peacefully over the sim while you cuddle, enjoy the view, and whisper sweet sentiments to each other.
To the north of Calas Galadhon, you will find Mirrormere and Grey Havens. You will surely desire a romantic dance with your partner in the wooded parkland or rolling hills. Additionally there are places to sit down and meditate if alone, or for quiet conversation with your paramour. If you are in an adventurous state of mind, you might explore Mirrormere for the Calas Caverns. The rewards for the active couple are many including areas for swimming, interesting tunnels to explore, and hide-a-ways for romantic liaisons.
Overall the effect of these deeply beautiful sims is one of pleasant, pastoral ideals. Sweethearts, and other visitors, will find great pleasure in discovering each other as they wander the farmlands, hillsides, and villages of Calas Galadhon perhaps ending the evening in the glass pavilion ballroom.
The leaves were long, the grass was green,
The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,
And in the glade a light was seen
Of stars in shadow shimmering.
Tinuviel was dancing there
To music of a pipe unseen,
And light of stars was in her hair,
And in her raiment glimmering.
excerpt from Luthien Tinuviel by J. R. R. Tolkien
note bene: This article has merely begun to scratch the surface of the wonder and stunning scenery of Calas Galadhon. I encourage you to take time to explore the region fully, perhaps starting with the Designing Worlds episode from last year.