Tolkien Gateway

Star of Elendil

(Difference between revisions)
(Fixed Battle of the Pelennor Fields link)
(The second Elendilmir)
 
(23 intermediate revisions by 13 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
The name given to either of two noble gems, both of which were also known by the [[Elvish]] name [[Elendilmir]]. The first dated back to the early centuries of [[Númenor]], and belonged to [[Silmariën]], the daughter of King [[Tar-Elendil]]. From her, it passed to her descendants the [[Lords of Andúnië]]. The last Lord was [[Elendil]], who escaped the [[Downfall of Númenor]] and became High King of the [[Dúnedain]] in [[Middle-earth]]. He wore the Star of Elendil on his brow in place of a crown, as did his son [[Isildur]] after him.  
+
'''Star of Elendil''' or '''Elendilmir''' was the name given to two noble star-shaped white gems.  Both of these gems were set on ''[[mithril]]'' fillets.<ref name="Gladden">{{UT|Gladden}}</ref> Because of its association with [[Elendil]] and the royalty of [[Arnor]], it was also referred to as '''Star of the North Kingdom''' and '''Star of the North'''.  
  
Isildur had only been King for two years before he was waylaid by [[Orcs]] and lost in the [[Great River]]. The original [[Elendilmir]] was lost with him, and so another was made for his descendants the Kings of Arnor. This second Star of Elendil became the royal symbol of the [[North-kingdom]], and after that kingdom's fall it remained an heirloom of the Heirs of Isildur. It remained in Isildur's line down to the time of [[Aragorn]], who wore it during the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]].  
+
==History==
 +
===The first Elendilmir===
 +
The first jewel dated back to the early centuries of [[Númenor]], and belonged to [[Silmariën]], the daughter of King [[Tar-Elendil]].  From her, it passed to her descendants the [[Lords of Andúnië]].<ref name="Gladden"/>  The last Lord was [[Amandil]], whose son [[Elendil]] escaped the [[Downfall of Númenor]] and became High King of the [[Dúnedain]] in [[Middle-earth]].  He wore the Star of Elendil on his brow in place of a crown, as did his son [[Isildur]] after him.<ref name=eriador>{{App|Eriador}}</ref>
  
At the time Aragorn became King of Gondor, it was thought that the first Star of Elendil had been lost for more than three thousand years. However, it was later found that the searchers sent by Saruman, though they had failed in their mission to find [[the Ring]], had uncovered other things, and the original Star of Elendil was rediscovered in a secret chamber in [[Saruman]]'s Tower of [[Orthanc]].
+
Isildur had only been King for two years when he was waylaid by [[Orcs]] and lost in the [[Anduin|Great River]] in the [[Disaster of the Gladden Fields]]. When he put on [[the One Ring]] to escape from the battle he became invisible but the Elendilmir did not, blazing instead like a red and wrathful star.  Much later the Elendilmir was found by [[Saruman]]'s trackers who had been sent to find [[the One Ring]]. They did not discover the Ring but they brought to him the Star of Elendil and other things.<ref name="Gladden"/>
 +
 
 +
===The second Elendilmir===
 +
The original Elendilmir was lost with Isildur, and so a copy was made by the elven smiths of [[Rivendell]] for his son [[Valandil (King of Arnor)|Valandil]]. This second Star of Elendil became the royal symbol of the [[Arnor|North-kingdom]] along with the [[Sceptre of Annúminas]]. After that kingdom's fall it remained an heirloom of the [[Heir of Isildur|Heirs of Isildur]] and kept in [[Rivendell]].<ref name=eriador/> It remained in Isildur's line down to the time of [[Aragorn]],<ref name="Gladden"/> who wore it during the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]].<ref>{{RK|V6}}</ref>
 +
 
 +
After the [[War of the Ring]], King Elessar ordered the restoration of Orthanc and then the original Elendilmir was found. As Elessar took up the kingship of [[Arnor]] he wore the original Elendilmir upon his brow. He would only wear it again on high days, whilst on other occasions he would wear the second Elendilmir that had descended to him.<ref name="UTIsen">{{UT|Isen}}, Appendix (ii)</ref><ref name="Gladden"/>
 +
 
 +
{{references}}
 +
[[Category:Rings and Jewels]]
 +
[[Category:Arnor]]
 +
[[Category:Heirlooms]]

Latest revision as of 12:51, 4 July 2018

Star of Elendil or Elendilmir was the name given to two noble star-shaped white gems. Both of these gems were set on mithril fillets.[1] Because of its association with Elendil and the royalty of Arnor, it was also referred to as Star of the North Kingdom and Star of the North.

Contents

[edit] History

[edit] The first Elendilmir

The first jewel dated back to the early centuries of Númenor, and belonged to Silmariën, the daughter of King Tar-Elendil. From her, it passed to her descendants the Lords of Andúnië.[1] The last Lord was Amandil, whose son Elendil escaped the Downfall of Númenor and became High King of the Dúnedain in Middle-earth. He wore the Star of Elendil on his brow in place of a crown, as did his son Isildur after him.[2]

Isildur had only been King for two years when he was waylaid by Orcs and lost in the Great River in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields. When he put on the One Ring to escape from the battle he became invisible but the Elendilmir did not, blazing instead like a red and wrathful star. Much later the Elendilmir was found by Saruman's trackers who had been sent to find the One Ring. They did not discover the Ring but they brought to him the Star of Elendil and other things.[1]

[edit] The second Elendilmir

The original Elendilmir was lost with Isildur, and so a copy was made by the elven smiths of Rivendell for his son Valandil. This second Star of Elendil became the royal symbol of the North-kingdom along with the Sceptre of Annúminas. After that kingdom's fall it remained an heirloom of the Heirs of Isildur and kept in Rivendell.[2] It remained in Isildur's line down to the time of Aragorn,[1] who wore it during the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[3]

After the War of the Ring, King Elessar ordered the restoration of Orthanc and then the original Elendilmir was found. As Elessar took up the kingship of Arnor he wore the original Elendilmir upon his brow. He would only wear it again on high days, whilst on other occasions he would wear the second Elendilmir that had descended to him.[4][1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen", Appendix (ii)