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White Ship

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Ted Nasmith - Departure at the Grey Havens
"In the twilight of autumn it sailed out of Mithlond, until the seas of the Bent World fell away beneath it…"
The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

The White Ship was the ship that sailed from the Grey Havens into the Uttermost West, carrying the Ring-bearers to Aman. Its departure on 29 September T.A. 3021 marked the end of the Third Age.[1] Along with Frodo Baggins the Ring-bearer and Bilbo Baggins the Ring-finder the ship also carried Elrond, Galadriel, and Gandalf, who had been the Keepers of the Three Rings. They were accompanied to the Grey Havens by Gildor Inglorion and many other Elves besides, but whether any of these others went aboard the ship with them is not told.[2] It does seem, though, that Gandalf's horse Shadowfax did make the journey for he was waiting at the quayside[3]. The White Ship was one of the last ships to have set sail from the Grey Havens.

Portrayal in adaptations

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

In the film, the White Ship is claimed to be "the last ship to leave Middle-earth".


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 268, (dated 19 January 1965)