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'''Elendil''' was the father of [[Isildur]] and [[Anárion son of Elendil|Anárion]], a survivor of the [[Downfall of Númenor]], and the founder and first king of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]]. Elendil was also known as '''Elendil the Tall''' ([[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] put his height at a lofty 7'11" or 2.41 meters) and '''Elendil the Fair''',
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'''Elendil''' was the father of [[Isildur]] and [[Anárion son of Elendil|Anárion]], a survivor of the [[Downfall of Númenor]], and the founder and first king of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]]. Elendil was also known as '''Elendil the Tall''' ([[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] put his height at a lofty 7'11" or 2.41 meters) and '''Elendil the Fair'''.
  
Elendil was born in [[Númenor]], son of [[Amandil of Andúnië|Amandil]], [[Lord of Andúnië]] and leader of the "[[Faithful]]", who maintained a strong friendship with the [[Elves]] and preserved the old ways against the barbarous practices of [[Ar-Pharazôn]] and [[Sauron]]. Elendil's name means "Devoted to the Stars" in [[Quenya]].
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Elendil was born in [[Númenor]]. He was the son of [[Amandil of Andúnië|Amandil]], [[Lord of Andúnië]] and leader of the [[Faithful]] [[Númenóreans]]. Like his father, Elendil maintained a strong friendship with the [[Elves]] and preserved the old beliefs in [[Ilúvatar]] and reverence for the [[Valar]]; he stood against the barbarous practices of [[Ar-Pharazôn]] the King and [[Sauron]] his advisor. On the advice of his father, who guessed of the coming destruction of Númenor, Elendil put nine ships off the eastern coast and stowed all his people and possessions aboard them.
  
Elendil, his sons Isildur and Anárion, and their supporters fled to [[Middle-earth]] at the Downfall of Númenor, sailing east in seven ships and founding the realms of Arnor and Gondor in Second Age 3320. With them they took the ''[[palantíri]]'', the "Seeing Stones" that were given to the Lords of Andúnie by the Elves of [[Tol Eressëa]], and a seedling of [[White Tree of Númenor|Nimloth]], the [[White Tree]] of Númenor.
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When the catastrophic [[Downfall of Númenor|Downfall]] occured, Elendil, his sons Isildur and Anárion, and their supporters fled to [[Middle-earth]], sailing east in nine ships and founding the realms of Arnor and Gondor in 3320 of the [[Second Age]]. With them they took the ''[[palantíri]]'', the "Seeing Stones" that were given to the Lords of Andúnie by the Elves of [[Tol Eressëa]], and a seedling of [[White Tree of Númenor|Nimloth]], the [[White Tree]] of Númenor.
  
As he landed on Middle-earth he proclaimed in Quenya: "''Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta''" ("Out of the [[Great Sea]] to Middle-earth I have come. In this place I will abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world"). His heir and great-grandson by 39 generations [[Aragorn II]] spoke these words again when he took up the crown of Gondor as King [[Aragorn II|Elessar]] at the beginning of the [[Fourth Age]].
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After Elendil landed in the north of Middle-earth, he proclaimed in [[Quenya]]: "''Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta''" ("Out of the [[Great Sea]] to Middle-earth I have come. In this place I will abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world"). His heir and great-grandson by 39 generations [[Aragorn II]] spoke these words again when he took up the crown of Gondor as King [[Aragorn II|Elessar]] at the beginning of the [[Fourth Age]].
  
Elendil lived in Arnor, where he founded the city of [[Annúminas]]. His son Anárion founded the city of [[Minas Anor]] in [[Anórien]], and his son Isildur founded Minas Ithil in [[Ithilien]]. Across the [[Anduin]] the city of [[Osgiliath]] was built. In both realms were built towers for the ''palantíri'', with which the lords kept contact.
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Elendil lived in Arnor, where he founded the city of [[Annúminas]]. His son Anárion established the city of [[Minas Anor]] in [[Anórien]], and Isildur founded Minas Ithil in [[Ithilien]]. Across the [[Anduin]] the city of [[Osgiliath]] was built. In both realms were built towers for the ''palantíri'', with which the lords kept contact.
  
 
In time the evil lord Sauron returned to Middle-earth, establishing a stronghold in [[Mordor]], next to Gondor. In 3428 Sauron attacked, seizing Minas Ithil. Isildur fled north to his father, leaving Anárion in charge of Gondor. In 3434, King Elendil and Isildur returned south together with the Elven High King [[Gil-galad]] and their combined armies, in the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]]. At the end of the long siege of [[Barad-dûr]], in the year 3441 of the Second Age, Sauron came out to personally do battle. Gil-galad and Elendil fought Sauron and cast him down, but were both slain, and Elendil's sword [[Narsil]] was broken when he fell.  His son Isildur used the broken sword to cut the [[One Ring]] from Sauron's hand. However, despite the urgings of [[Elrond]], Isildur chose not to destroy the Ring at [[Mount Doom]] and was eventually betrayed by the Ring in the [[Disaster of the Gladden Fields]], slain by [[Orcs]].
 
In time the evil lord Sauron returned to Middle-earth, establishing a stronghold in [[Mordor]], next to Gondor. In 3428 Sauron attacked, seizing Minas Ithil. Isildur fled north to his father, leaving Anárion in charge of Gondor. In 3434, King Elendil and Isildur returned south together with the Elven High King [[Gil-galad]] and their combined armies, in the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]]. At the end of the long siege of [[Barad-dûr]], in the year 3441 of the Second Age, Sauron came out to personally do battle. Gil-galad and Elendil fought Sauron and cast him down, but were both slain, and Elendil's sword [[Narsil]] was broken when he fell.  His son Isildur used the broken sword to cut the [[One Ring]] from Sauron's hand. However, despite the urgings of [[Elrond]], Isildur chose not to destroy the Ring at [[Mount Doom]] and was eventually betrayed by the Ring in the [[Disaster of the Gladden Fields]], slain by [[Orcs]].
  
Elendil was a great warrior, a wise king, and a heroic figure among the [[Dúnedain]] and other [[Men of the West]]. Isildur built a hidden tomb for his father on the summit of the beacon hill of [[Halifirien]].
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Elendil was a great warrior, a wise king, and a heroic figure among the [[Dúnedain]] and other [[Men of the West]]. Isildur built a hidden tomb for his father on the summit of the beacon hill of [[Halifirien]]. Its presence was considered great enough to hallow the entire hill, hence its name (''Halifirien'' means "holy mountain" in [[Rohirric]]).
  
 
Aragorn's battle-cry was "Elendil!"
 
Aragorn's battle-cry was "Elendil!"
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== Etymology ==
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Elendil's name actually means "Devoted to the Stars" in Quenya. It was intended to signify "[[Elf-friend]]", but the [[Dúnedain]] tended to confuse the Quenya words for "Elf" and "star" because of their similarity.
  
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==

Revision as of 22:55, 4 December 2006

Template:Royalty infobox Elendil was the father of Isildur and Anárion, a survivor of the Downfall of Númenor, and the founder and first king of Arnor and Gondor. Elendil was also known as Elendil the Tall (Tolkien put his height at a lofty 7'11" or 2.41 meters) and Elendil the Fair.

Elendil was born in Númenor. He was the son of Amandil, Lord of Andúnië and leader of the Faithful Númenóreans. Like his father, Elendil maintained a strong friendship with the Elves and preserved the old beliefs in Ilúvatar and reverence for the Valar; he stood against the barbarous practices of Ar-Pharazôn the King and Sauron his advisor. On the advice of his father, who guessed of the coming destruction of Númenor, Elendil put nine ships off the eastern coast and stowed all his people and possessions aboard them.

When the catastrophic Downfall occured, Elendil, his sons Isildur and Anárion, and their supporters fled to Middle-earth, sailing east in nine ships and founding the realms of Arnor and Gondor in 3320 of the Second Age. With them they took the palantíri, the "Seeing Stones" that were given to the Lords of Andúnie by the Elves of Tol Eressëa, and a seedling of Nimloth, the White Tree of Númenor.

After Elendil landed in the north of Middle-earth, he proclaimed in Quenya: "Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta" ("Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I have come. In this place I will abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world"). His heir and great-grandson by 39 generations Aragorn II spoke these words again when he took up the crown of Gondor as King Elessar at the beginning of the Fourth Age.

Elendil lived in Arnor, where he founded the city of Annúminas. His son Anárion established the city of Minas Anor in Anórien, and Isildur founded Minas Ithil in Ithilien. Across the Anduin the city of Osgiliath was built. In both realms were built towers for the palantíri, with which the lords kept contact.

In time the evil lord Sauron returned to Middle-earth, establishing a stronghold in Mordor, next to Gondor. In 3428 Sauron attacked, seizing Minas Ithil. Isildur fled north to his father, leaving Anárion in charge of Gondor. In 3434, King Elendil and Isildur returned south together with the Elven High King Gil-galad and their combined armies, in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. At the end of the long siege of Barad-dûr, in the year 3441 of the Second Age, Sauron came out to personally do battle. Gil-galad and Elendil fought Sauron and cast him down, but were both slain, and Elendil's sword Narsil was broken when he fell. His son Isildur used the broken sword to cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand. However, despite the urgings of Elrond, Isildur chose not to destroy the Ring at Mount Doom and was eventually betrayed by the Ring in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, slain by Orcs.

Elendil was a great warrior, a wise king, and a heroic figure among the Dúnedain and other Men of the West. Isildur built a hidden tomb for his father on the summit of the beacon hill of Halifirien. Its presence was considered great enough to hallow the entire hill, hence its name (Halifirien means "holy mountain" in Rohirric).

Aragorn's battle-cry was "Elendil!"

Etymology

Elendil's name actually means "Devoted to the Stars" in Quenya. It was intended to signify "Elf-friend", but the Dúnedain tended to confuse the Quenya words for "Elf" and "star" because of their similarity.

Portrayal in Adaptations

In the opening exposition of Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, Elendil is played by Peter McKenzie. Unlike in the books, Elendil is killed by a blow of Sauron, instead of having a part in destroying him with Gil-galad. Instead, Isildur deals the fatal blow to the still-living Sauron by cutting off his Ring.

Preceded by:
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1st King of Arnor
II 3320 – 3441
Followed by:
Isildur
Preceded by:
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1st King of Gondor
II 3320 – 3441
Followed by:
Isildur
Preceded by:
none
1st High King of the Two Kingdoms
II 3320 – 3441
Followed by:
Isildur