Category: glorfindel

‘Not by the hand of man will he fall’ – Prophecy and End of Kings

One of the most enduring moments of the Lord of the Rings is Eowyn’s slaying of the Witch King and fulfilling the Prophecy of Glorfindel, but where did this prophecy come from? During the Witch King’s conquest of Arnor, King Eärnil II sent his son Prince Eärnur with a small army to help defend their ally. Eärnur’s army merged with an Elven host under Glorfindel, and the Host of the West met the Witch King’s army at Fornost. During the battle the Witch King rode issuing a challenge of single combat to Eärnur, who accepted the challenge, but the Witch King’s malice and intimidating aura frightened the Gondorian horses, and Eärnur’s horse fled in fear – taking the Prince with him. The Witch King mocked him for this, and as Glorfindel’s army came the Witch King escaped the battle. Eärnur regained control of his horse and wanted to chase them, but Glorfindel warned against it prophesying “Do not pursue him! He will not return to this land. Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of man will he fall”. Eärnur did not pursue, and though the battle was won his pride was hurt, and ultimately Arnor was destroyed. Mordor soon took Minas Ithil, Gondor’s chief position in Mordor, and made it into Minas Morgul, a fortress of dark sorcery. Eärnur came to the throne after the death of his father, and upon his ascension to the throne the Witch King, now based in Minas Morgul, issued his challenge again. Eärnur wished to fight him but was held back by his steward Mardil. Years later the Witch King issued another challenge, but this time Eärnur accepted. He left the Crown of Gondor on his father’s tomb, gathered an escort of knights and rode to Minas Morgul. He and his escort were never seen or heard from again. There was no heir and nobody claimed the throne. The line was broken and nobody wanted to risk another Kin-Strife. So began the Ruling Stewards as the caretakers of the throne, and the Crown of Gondor remained in the tombs until the Fourth Age and the coronation of King Elessar. Glorfindel’s prophecy remained part of legend and gave the Witch King more infamy. Hundred years later, During the Battle of Pelennor Fields in the War of the Ring, Merry the Hobbit broke the Witch King’s armor with a barrow-blade, and Dernhelm revealed himself to be Eowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan, who then slew the Witch King. His doom was met by the hand of Woman and Hobbit, and thus the prophecy came to pass.

“Now the descendants of the kings had become few. Their numbers had been greatly diminished in the Kin-strife; whereas since that time the kings had become jealous and watchful of those near akin. Often those on whom suspicion fell had fled to Umbar and there joined the rebels; while others had renounced their lineage and taken wives not of Númenorean blood. So it was that no claimant to the crown could be found who was of pure blood, or whose claim all would allow; and all feared the memory of the Kin-strife, knowing that if any such dissension arose again, then Gondor would perish. Therefore, though the years lengthened, the Steward continued to rule Gondor, and the crown of Elendil lay in the lap of King Eärnil in the Houses of the Dead, where Eärnur had left it. “

– The end of the line of kings from the Third Age into the Fourth. Appendices, Annals of the Kings and Rulers, The Numenorean Kings, Of Numenor

chaos-of-the-abyss:

miredinmiddleearth:

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miredinmiddleearth:

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He was busy brushing the knots out of his beautiful golden hair.

Bold of you to assume he would ever get knots in his hair.

I tried and have no refutation for this.

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miredinmiddleearth:

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He was busy brushing the knots out of his beautiful golden hair.

Bold of you to assume he would ever get knots in his hair.

miredinmiddleearth:

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Rivendell was an Elven stronghold founded by Elrond during the War of Elves and Sauron. It was not built as a fortified castle but rather an outpost with a garrison, using the surrounding of the treacherous steep rocks and rivers as a natural defense. Located at the base of the Misty Mountains in Eastern Eriador along the river Bruinen, hidden within the valley. It’s location, decided during a war, became a sanctuary for those engaged or fleeing from future wars, Notably survivors from the Destruction of Eregion.

It would face a siege from the forces of Angmar but prevailed from Gil-Galad’s reinforcements.

It’s second major military engagement was it’s service as a staging point for Gil-Galad’s army during the War of the Last Alliance. During the 2nd Age it was deemed one of the safest places for the Free People’s and became the home of both artifacts (Shards of Narsil and the Ring of Barahir), the remaining Dúnedain, and many of the Noldor before they passed to the Undying Lands. The 2nd and 3rd age would see Rivendell grow in importance as a center of learning and refuge, notable people including Aragorn and Arwen (falling in love (Aw)), and home of notable Elves such as Glorfindel, Elladin, Elrohir, and Gildor. By the Third Age Imladris (as it was called in Sindarin) was a notable stopping point for anyone affiliated with the elves. Gandalf and his dwarven company stopped there on their Quest for Erebor. Bilbo Baggins fled there upon his 111th birthday. Upon the discovery of the One Ring it was decided that the Ring should be brought to Rivendell and a Council was held on it’s fate. Here the Fellowship of the Ring was formed and set out for it’s ultimate quest. During the War of the Ring it remained a base of operations for the Commanders of the West, but never fell to siege or war. The Destruction of the One Ring was followed by a mass exodus of the Elves of Rivendell as they all went West. It’s legacy remained as a place of history and culture rather than a military position, and it was invaluable in preserving the history and alliance of the Free Peoples.

“’What about Rivendell and the Elves? Is Rivendell safe?’”. 

“‘Yes, at present, until all else is conquered. The Elves may fear the Dark Lord, and they may fly before him, but never again will they listen to him or serve him. And here in Rivendell there live still some of his chief foes: The Elven-wise, lords of the Eldar for those who have dwelt in the Blessed Realm live at once in both worlds, and against both the Seen and the Unseen they have great power’“.

– Gandalf reassuring Frodo of the safety of Rivendell, Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings.

Preferably in exchange for an elf. Glorfindel, if he’s still available, but any old elf will do. You know, because they probably have actual relevant skills.

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G l o r f i n d e l 

He was tall and straight; his hair was of shining gold, his face fair and young and fearless and full of joy; his eyes were bright and clean, and his voice like music; on his brow set wisdom, and in his hand was strength.“—The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings