Tradition of Isildur

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Tradition of Isildur
Manuscript
LocationMinas Tirith, Gondor
OwnerKings of Gondor, Heirs of Elendil, Ruling Stewards
AppearanceScroll
CreatorIsildur
Tomb of Elendil, Eilenaer

The Tradition of Isildur was a tradition for the Kings of Gondor to bring their heirs to the Tomb of Elendil.

History[edit]

The Tomb of Elendil was a tomb built by Isildur sometime between S.A. 3441 to T.A. 2 , on the hill of Eilenaer. In an oval lawn upon the summit of the hill, on the eastern side, was placed a low mound which in time became covered with Alfirin. Before the mound was a black stone with the letters lambe, ando, and lambe engraved upon it.

Its location was a secret kept for many centuries among the Kings of Gondor and the Stewards. At Isildur's command, the hill would be a hallow and none would disturb it other than a heir of Elendil. Aside from visiting the tomb from time to time for wisdom in dark days or in days of distress, the Kings of Gondor would bring their fully grown heirs to the tomb, where they would tell them of the making of the tomb, and of matters of which they should know. After the Death of Eärnur, presumably by the Witch King, The Ruling Stewards, now given the full authority and power of the King, would be allowed to visit the tomb, though they seldom did. Cirion would bring Eorl the Young to the tomb of Elendil, where they would swore the Oath of Eorl and Oath of Cirion respectively. This forged the Alliance between Gondor and the new formed Rohan.

After this, Cirion determined that the Tradition of Isildur was now made futile, and the Hallow was now no longer at the "midpoint" of Gondor. Also Gondor was no longer the same kingdom as when Isildur spoke. The Tomb of Elendil was removed to Minas Anor, where it would still dwell for the Rest of the Third Age.

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