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Lady of the Star-brow

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'''Lady of the Star-brow''' was a name the people of [[Númenor]] gave to [[Erendis]].
A title given to [[Erendis]] in [[Númenor]] after her betrothal to [[Tar-Aldarion|Aldarion]], 'Lady of the Star-brow' is a direct translation of the [[Elvish]] [[Tar-Elestirnë]]. The name comes from the fact that, at that time, Erendis took a diamond from [[Middle-earth]] (an earlier gift from Aldarion) and bound it to her brow with a silver fillet.  
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Erendis' 'Star-brow' served to found a tradition in Númenor, and we're told that after her time the Kings and Queens would wear a white jewel as a star on their brows, in place of a crown.
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==History==
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In the Spring of {{SA|858}}<ref>{{UT|Wife}}, NOTES, ''Chronology''</ref> Prince [[Aldarion]] and [[Erendis]] were betrothed.  Years before this event Aldarion had given her a diamond in gratitude for her bringing to his ship a bough of ''[[oiolairë]]'' and Erendis wore the jewel about her neck.  When their betrothal was announced Aldarion offered his wife-to-be other jewels but she declared that she only wanted the one jewel.  She then set it in a silver fillet and had Aldarion bound it about her forehead.  Thus she became known throughout the land as [[Tar-Elestirnë]], which means "Lady of the Star-brow".<ref>{{UT|Wife}}</ref>
  
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After Erendis, the wearing of a white jewel upon the brow became a tradition among the kings and queens of Númenor to mark their royalty. Later, in [[Middle-earth]], this tradition continued in [[Arnor]] with the wearing of the [[Elendilmir]], a star-like gem upon the brow.<ref>{{UT|Wife}}, Note 32</ref>
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Lady of the Star-brow was a name the people of Númenor gave to Erendis.

History

In the Spring of S.A. 858[1] Prince Aldarion and Erendis were betrothed. Years before this event Aldarion had given her a diamond in gratitude for her bringing to his ship a bough of oiolairë and Erendis wore the jewel about her neck. When their betrothal was announced Aldarion offered his wife-to-be other jewels but she declared that she only wanted the one jewel. She then set it in a silver fillet and had Aldarion bound it about her forehead. Thus she became known throughout the land as Tar-Elestirnë, which means "Lady of the Star-brow".[2]

After Erendis, the wearing of a white jewel upon the brow became a tradition among the kings and queens of Númenor to mark their royalty. Later, in Middle-earth, this tradition continued in Arnor with the wearing of the Elendilmir, a star-like gem upon the brow.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", NOTES, Chronology
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", Note 32