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Seven Stars

Seven Stars is a common symbol throughout Arda.

It refers to the constellation that turns through the northern skies every night of the year. To the Elves this was the Valacirca that signalled the downfall of Morgoth,[1] but the Men of the Northern lands called it simply 'The Wain'.[2] The Seven Stars are today known as the Plough, or the Big Dipper.

The Doors of Durin also displayed seven stars with a crown, probably representing Durin's Crown.

Seven Stars was also the symbol of Elendil, the leader of the Faithful, and his heirs, representing the seven ships of the Faithful with a palantir.[3] The Crown of Gondor bore seven jewels of adamant set in the circlet.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Warm Welcome"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Palantír"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"