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Crown of Gondor

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Revision as of 15:40, 8 July 2018

The Crown of Gondor by the user Grond, designed to match Tolkien's illustration.

The Crown of Gondor, also called the winged crown[1], White Crown, Silver Crown and the crown of Elendil,[2] was the ceremonial headgear of the Kings of Gondor, and was used as a symbol of the Kingship.

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Description

It was a tall, jeweled and winged helm, not unlike the helms of the Guards of the Citadel, but taller and all white, with wings resembling those of a sea-bird wrought of pearl and silver. Seven gems of adamant were set in the circlet. On its summit was a jewel, the light of which went up like a flame to represent Anarion.[3]

History

Meneldil, the first King of Gondor after Isildur

Before replying to the challenge of the Witch-king, Eärnur put the Crown of Elendil in the lap of King Eärnil II in the houses of the dead[2] and it remained there even after his loss, for nearly a thousand years.

On 1 May T.A. 3019[4] the rightful heir (Aragorn II Telcontar) came forward to receive the crown. The tradition had been for a new king to receive the crown from the hands of his father (or to obtain it from his father's tomb), but Faramir brought forth the casket with the ancient Crown and gave it to Aragorn. After chanting "Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta!" Aragorn surprised the crowd by returning the crown to Faramir. At his request, Frodo Baggins took the crown and bore it to Gandalf, who placed it on King Elessar's head with the blessing, "Now come the days of the King, and may they be blessed while the thrones of the Valar endure!"[3]

In the year Fo.A. 120[5] Aragorn went to the House of the Kings to lay down his life. In that place he bade farewell to his son Eldarion and, following tradition, gave him the Crown of Gondor.[6]

Inspiration

Tolkien described it in his letters as being similar to the crown of the Pharaohs of Egypt. He writes "I think the crown of Gondor (the S. Kingdom) was very tall, like that of Egypt, but with wings attached, not set straight back but at an angle."[7]

Notes

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 211, (dated 14 October 1958), p. 281