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A title given to [[Erendis]] after her betrothal to [[Aldarion]]. Some time before this, Aldarion had given Erendis a diamond, a gift he had brought back from his journeys to [[Middle-earth]]. Erendis had the jewel set on a silver fillet, and when their betrothal was announced, she wore the diamond on her forehead. From that time on, she was given the title [[Tar-Elestirnë]], [[Lady of the Star-brow]].  
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'''Tar-Elestirnë''' was a title given to [[Erendis]] after her betrothal to [[Tar-Aldarion|Aldarion]]. Some time before this, Aldarion had given Erendis a diamond, a gift he had brought back from his journeys to [[Middle-earth]]. Erendis had the jewel set on a silver fillet, and when their betrothal was announced, she wore the diamond on her forehead. From that time on, she was given the title [[Tar-Elestirnë]], [[Lady of the Star-brow]].<ref>{{UT|Wife}}</ref>
  
Erendis does not appear to have worn the fillet indefinitely - there are signs that she abandoned it after her estrangement from her husband. Nonetheless, the tradition had been set, and the later [[Kings and Queens of Númenor]] wore a fillet of this kind in place of a crown. The tradition survived into Middle-earth after the [[Downfall]]: the [[Kings of Arnor]] wore the [[Elendilmir]], a royal jewel in the same style as Tar-Elestirnë's gem.
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Erendis does not appear to have worn the fillet indefinitely - there are signs that she abandoned it after her estrangement from her husband. Nonetheless, the tradition had been set, and the later Kings and Queens of Númenor wore a fillet of this kind in place of a crown. The tradition survived into Middle-earth after the [[Downfall of Númenor|Downfall]]: the [[Kings of Arnor]] wore the [[Elendilmir]], a royal jewel in the same style as Tar-Elestirnë's gem.<ref>{{UT|Gladden}}, note 32</ref>
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Latest revision as of 05:31, 16 May 2012

Tar-Elestirnë was a title given to Erendis after her betrothal to Aldarion. Some time before this, Aldarion had given Erendis a diamond, a gift he had brought back from his journeys to Middle-earth. Erendis had the jewel set on a silver fillet, and when their betrothal was announced, she wore the diamond on her forehead. From that time on, she was given the title Tar-Elestirnë, Lady of the Star-brow.[1]

Erendis does not appear to have worn the fillet indefinitely - there are signs that she abandoned it after her estrangement from her husband. Nonetheless, the tradition had been set, and the later Kings and Queens of Númenor wore a fillet of this kind in place of a crown. The tradition survived into Middle-earth after the Downfall: the Kings of Arnor wore the Elendilmir, a royal jewel in the same style as Tar-Elestirnë's gem.[2]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", note 32