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Enerdhil

Enerdhil was a legendary, and quite possibly mythical, smith of Gondolin. According to one account, it was Enerdhil who made the original Elessar, an astonishing green gem through which marred and broken things could be seen as though whole and healed again. This Elessar was given as a gift to Idril Celebrindal, and given by her to her son Eärendil, who bore it on his voyages across the Great Sea.[1]

[edit] Etymology

David Salo suggests that the name is a loan from Quenya Anardil meaning "sun-friend".

The Sindarin form of the name displays what he calls "hyper-Sindarization", with i-affection before the ending -ndil whereas it shouldn't occur in "proper" Sindarin.[2]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

More recent accounts name Celebrimbor as the maker of the two Elessars, both Eärendil's and Aragorn's.[1]

The fact that there are two possible Elessars, makes Enerdhil fit into the mythos, as the first one could had been made by him, and the second by Celebrimbor. But not even this have been resolved clearly.

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "The Elessar"
  2. David Salo (2004), A Gateway to Sindarin, p.87