15 Facts About Elendil


Elendil is a fictional character in JR R Tolkien's legendarium.

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Elendil is mentioned in The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.

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Elendil was the father of Isildur and Anarion, last lord of Andunie on the island of Numenor, and having escaped its downfall by sailing to Middle-earth, became the first High King of Arnor and Gondor.

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Elendil escaped from the flood that drowned Numenor, itself an echo of the myth of Atlantis, founding new Numenorean kingdoms in Middle-earth.

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Elendil was born in Numenor, son of Amandil, Lord of Andunie and leader of the "Faithful", who maintained a strong friendship with the Elves and preserved the old ways against the practices of king Ar-Pharazon and Sauron.

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Elendil landed in Lindon, where he was befriended by Gil-galad, the Elven King.

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Elendil founded the northern realm of Arnor and its capital city of Annuminas.

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Elendil's sons founded the southern realm of Gondor; Anarion founded the city of Minas Anor in Anorien, and Isildur founded Minas Ithil in Ithilien.

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Elendil was the High King, ruling directly over Arnor and indirectly over Gondor, via its King.

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Gil-galad and Elendil fought him, but both were killed, and Elendil's sword was broken beneath him.

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Rutledge explains that Aragorn is of the line of Elendil and knows he will inherit "the crown of Elendil and the other Kings of vanished Numenor", just as Jesus is of the line of King David, fulfilling the prophecy that the line of Kings would not fail.

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One of Tolkien's correspondents, the scholar of English, Rhona Beare, writes in Mythlore that Elendil is a "remote ancestor" of Alboin; when Alboin travels back in time he finds Numenor simultaneously familiar and strange, because he can see it both with Elendil's eyes and with his own.

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Elendil appears briefly in the prologue, where he is killed by Sauron.

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The action differs from the book, where Gil-galad and Elendil heroically defeated Sauron, at the cost of their own lives, allowing Isildur to take the Ring without difficulty.

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Elendil is a widower with three adult children: sons Isildur and Anarion, and a daughter Earien.

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