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Elves of Lindon

Elves of Lindon by Liz Danforth

The Elves of Lindon were those Elves who dwelt in Lindon in the west of Middle-earth, between the Blue Mountains and the Great Sea, in the Second and Third Ages.

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[edit] Population

The original Elves of Lindon (Ossiriand) in the First Age, were Laiquendi, but were presumably joined by other Elves of the former Beleriand (Noldor and Sindar) who survived the War of Wrath and did not accept the invitation of the Valar to sail to Aman.[1][2] The Elves of Harlindon were mostly Sindar, ruled by Celeborn.[3][4]

Early in the Second Age, some of the Sindar were uneasy living among the Noldor under Gil-galad and left for the east or the south.[1]

[edit] History

The Elves reached the height of their power in the Second Age under King Gil-galad.

A fair being calling himself Annatar, emmissary of the Valar, came seeking entrance. Gil-galad and Master Elrond sensed that he was not what he seemed, and denied him. Messengers were sent from Lindon with warnings; but they were unheeded, and Annatar was received gladly, mostly in Eregion.[5] However Gil-galad and Elrond were proven correct, as Annatar was indeed Sauron and later a massive war begun. Elrond came out of Lindon with Elves in battle to defend Eregion. With them, and other Elves who fled the destruction of Eregion, he established Imladris in S.A. 1697.[3]

In S.A. 1700, when Sauron had conquered all Eriador, Tar-Minastir sent a fleet to Lindon, aiding the Elves to drive Sauron out of Eriador.[3] Sauron's army was driven back to Sarn Ford where they were defeated and withdrew to Tharbad.[6]

At the end of the Age, Gil-galad joined the Last Alliance and led his armies to the War of the Last Alliance. Some of the Silvan Elves felt hostility towards the Noldor, and those under Oropher and Amdir attacked independedly, suffering heavy losses.[1]

[edit] After Gil-galad

After the War and the death of Gil-galad, Cirdan remained the only Lord of the Havens. During the Third Age, the Elves of Lindon under Cirdan supported Arnor in the Angmar War. With Círdan’s help, young Araphor drove Angmar's armies from Fornost and the North Downs. In T.A. 1975, Elven sailors brought a ship to Forochel to rescue the lost king Arvedui. The crew endured a perilous journey, but Arvedui rashly attempted to return that winter, and all aboard perished. The next year the elves joined with the Dúnedain in the victorious Battle of Fornost.[7][8]

For the course of the Third Age, the Elves of Lindon built ships for the Elves who wished to return to the Blessed Realm and they didn't seem to participate in greater events. During the War of the Ring Galdor was sent to Rivendell for an errand, and incidentally he represented Cirdan in the Council of Elrond.[9]

[edit] Notable Elves of Lindon

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix B: The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", Note 2
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"