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Mindon Eldaliéva

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The high white tower of King [[Ingwë]] of the [[Vanyar]], rising above the houses and halls of [[Tirion]], the great city of the [[High Elves]] in [[Aman]]. In the courts below the [[Mindon]] (the tower is often simply referred to as 'the Mindon') grew the silver-white tree Galathilion. Far above the courts, high in the Tower, a silver lantern was housed, whose light shone far across the Sea and along the dim shores beneath the [[Pelóri]].  
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'''Mindon Eldaliéva''' was the tower of [[Ingwë]], the [[High King of the Elves]], which was built upon the summit of [[Túna]] in the city of [[Tirion]] within the [[Calacirya]]. The city had many towers of white stone and the highest was the Mindon Eldaliéva, surmounted by a silver lamp whose beams radiated far into the mists of the sea.<ref>{{S|Princes}}</ref>
  
It was beneath the Tower that [[Fëanor]] gathered the [[Noldor]] after the Darkening of [[Valinor]], and there he swore the [[Oath of Fëanor]] with his sons. From the courts, the Noldor marched after Fëanor into exile, and it is said that their last sight of the fair lands of [[Aman]] was the shining beacon of the Mindon Eldaliéva. Having left its light far behind, the Noldor were given the terrifying Doom of Mandos, laying a curse on them if they continued their journey into exile. Fëanor and his followers marched on, but [[Finarfin]] gave up the journey there, and led many of his people back into the south, where they were greeted once again by the high lantern of the Tower.
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==History==
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The [[Eldar]] raised the hill of [[Túna]] and constructed the city of [[Tirion]] and the tower of Mindon upon it in {{YT|1140}}.  In {{YT|1142|n}}, [[Yavanna]] gave the [[Noldor]] the tree [[Galathilion]], the image of [[Telperion]] (although it gave no light of its own), and the Elves planted it in the great court beneath the Mindon.<ref>{{MR|P2g}}</ref>
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The house of [[Finwë]] fronted the great square below the Mindon, and it was in this house that the unrest of the [[Noldor]] manifested itself  in {{YT|1490}}<ref>{{MR|P2j}}</ref> when [[Fëanor]] drew his sword upon [[Fingolfin]] and accused him of usurping his place and the love of his father.<ref>{{S|Unrest}}</ref>
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In {{YT|1495}}<ref>{{MR|P2m}}</ref> when [[Morgoth]] and [[Ungoliant]] stole the light of [[Valinor]] and the [[Silmarils]], Fëanor came to the court below the Mindon. There he voiced his grievances against the Valar, persuaded great numbers of the Elves to return to [[Middle-earth]], and swore (with his seven sons) the [[Oath of Fëanor]].  While those of the House of Fëanor did not look back as they began their march, many of the noblest and wisest did glance behind as Tirion receded, and the lamp of the Mindon Eldaliéva was their last sight of their city.
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As the Elves marched, a dark figure appeared upon a rock and proclaimed the [[Doom of Mandos]]. Although Fëanor and great numbers of his followers ignored the prophetic curse, [[Finarfin]] repented and returned, to behold once more the beam of the Mindon in the darkness.<ref>{{S|Flight}}</ref>
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== Etymology ==
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Mindon Eldaliéva means "(Our) Tower of the [[Eldar]]" in [[Quenya]] (from ''[[mindon]]'' = "lofty tower", ''[[Eldalië]]'' = alternative term for "[[Eldar]]", and ''-[[va]]'' = possessive ending). The possessive ending implies an exclusive, sacred place.
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Mindon Eldaliéva
Physical Description
TypeTower
LocationThe summit of Túna in the city of Tirion in the Calacirya in Aman
InhabitantsElves
DescriptionTallest tower of Tirion with white walls and a silver beacon
General Information
Other namesMindon
EventsAt the foot of the tower the Oath of Fëanor

Mindon Eldaliéva was the tower of Ingwë, the High King of the Elves, which was built upon the summit of Túna in the city of Tirion within the Calacirya. The city had many towers of white stone and the highest was the Mindon Eldaliéva, surmounted by a silver lamp whose beams radiated far into the mists of the sea.[1]

History

The Eldar raised the hill of Túna and constructed the city of Tirion and the tower of Mindon upon it in Y.T. 1140. In 1142, Yavanna gave the Noldor the tree Galathilion, the image of Telperion (although it gave no light of its own), and the Elves planted it in the great court beneath the Mindon.[2]

The house of Finwë fronted the great square below the Mindon, and it was in this house that the unrest of the Noldor manifested itself in Y.T. 1490[3] when Fëanor drew his sword upon Fingolfin and accused him of usurping his place and the love of his father.[4]

In Y.T. 1495[5] when Morgoth and Ungoliant stole the light of Valinor and the Silmarils, Fëanor came to the court below the Mindon. There he voiced his grievances against the Valar, persuaded great numbers of the Elves to return to Middle-earth, and swore (with his seven sons) the Oath of Fëanor. While those of the House of Fëanor did not look back as they began their march, many of the noblest and wisest did glance behind as Tirion receded, and the lamp of the Mindon Eldaliéva was their last sight of their city.

As the Elves marched, a dark figure appeared upon a rock and proclaimed the Doom of Mandos. Although Fëanor and great numbers of his followers ignored the prophetic curse, Finarfin repented and returned, to behold once more the beam of the Mindon in the darkness.[6]

Etymology

Mindon Eldaliéva means "(Our) Tower of the Eldar" in Quenya (from mindon = "lofty tower", Eldalië = alternative term for "Eldar", and -va = possessive ending). The possessive ending implies an exclusive, sacred place.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Eldamar and the Princes of the Eldalië"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Third section of the Annals of Aman"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Fourth section of the Annals of Aman"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Two. The Annals of Aman: Fifth section of the Annals of Aman"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Flight of the Noldor"