What's in a Name...

The concept of the name, "rivendell," comes from author J.R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings" - it's inspiration and significance as best described in the following excerpt in which the characters join forces in "Fellowship" to conquer the evil "entity" and impending doom that has captured their souls, and would otherwise surely mean their demise...

"That House was... a perfect house, whether you liked food or sleep or story telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear, sadness."

the Land of Rivendell

"For a while they continued to talk and think of the past journey... but such was the virtue of the land of Rivendell that soon all fear or ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have any power over the present. Health and hope grew strong in them and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song."

From "The Fellowship Of The Ring " ~ by J.R.R. Tolkien