19

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

1 Answer 1

35

Eärendil 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 Eärendil 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.
7
  • 9
    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
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 11:39
  • 5
    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
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 13:30
  • 1
    @John Bell - Still less pointless than an existence of a mortal. Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 14:53
  • 3
    A brief explanation why the light of the two trees "matters".
    – Yakk
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 16:08
  • 3
    @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
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 19:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.