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Wasn't Eärendil a mortal man? So why would he be most beloved to Elves?

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Earendil was half-Elven, who chose to be an Elf.

Why would his star have been particularly beloved?

  1. It was actually one of the Silmarils, the last true light of the Two Trees of Valinor, which the Noldor had fought and died to recover.
  2. It was a sign from the Valar: after hundreds of years of despair and defeat against Morgoth, the Star of Earendil was a symbol that the Valar (and Eru) were still with them, and a reminder of the War of Wrath in which Morgoth was utterly defeated and the Elves freed from his domination of Middle-Earth.
  • I'm not sure if he was 'utterly defeated', his evil still lived on. – Jeremy French Nov 13 '15 at 11:22
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    But he himself was utterly defeated. If I was immortal, in a locked room with no light for the rest of time with no way out, I'd consider myself "utterly defeated" as my very existence would be completely pointless. How would you feel if you meant less to the world than a leaf that falls from a tree? At least that served a purpose... – John Bell Nov 13 '15 at 11:39
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    The whole world might be Morgoth's Ring, but Morgoth himself was executed and forcibly ejected from the world. No greater victory was possible without breaking the world. – Shamshiel Nov 13 '15 at 13:30
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    A brief explanation why the light of the two trees "matters". – Yakk Nov 13 '15 at 16:08
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    @JohnRobinson Yes, I know. I was suggesting such a brief bit be added to the answer. I, however, apparently forgot that clause. Pretend my previous comment starts with "This answer would be improved by ". Sigh. – Yakk Nov 13 '15 at 19:20

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