Elwing's tower

From Tolkien Gateway
The White Tower of Elwing by Jef Murray

Elwing's tower[1] was the white tower that was built for Elwing "upon the borders of the outer world, in the northern regions of the Sundering Seas".[2] She dwelt in the tower where all the sea-birds came to rest, and devised white and silver-grey wings for herself so that she could fly to meet Eärendil who returned from his journeys from "beyond the confines of the world".[3]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

There is a short mention of "the northern tower on the Isle of Seabirds" in a note for "The Tale of Eärendel" from The Book of Lost Tales period.[4]

In the following versions of the story, Eärendel built the tower for himself, in the Sketch of the Mythology on an isle in the northern seas,[5] and in the first version of the chapter 17 of the Quenta Noldorinwa in the Northern Seas.[6] In both of these versions Eärendel is alone and builds the tower when trying to find Elwing who is lost in the seas.

But in the second version of Quenta Noldorinwa, chapter 17, the wording is already quite similar to the Quenta Silmarillion: Eärendel builds the tower "upon the confines of the outer world in the Northern regions of the Sundering Seas",[7] and for the first time Elwing is with him and aids him in his journeys.

The "white tower" is not otherwise named in the Quenta Silmarillion, only in the Index of The Lost Road and Other Writings it is called "Elwing's tower".