I am trying to figure out the early history of men. After reading just LOTR and its appendices I have several questions revolving around which groups are which: Edain, Dunedain, Numenorians, and Elf-friends.
If I understand correctly:
- The Edain are the first three houses of men [edit: to associate with elves]
- Two Edain (Tuor and Beren) marry into the Elvish lines Noldor (Idril) and Sindar (Luthien). All of the offspring of these two marriages are called Half Elves or Peredhil. At some point in time all of the living Peredhil are give the choice to become either elf or man.
- After the War of the Great Jewels, which some Edain help the Eldar, these Edain are rewarded with their own land: Numenor.
- Elros (a Peredhil) chooses to become man. He becomes the first king of Numenor.
LOTR, Appendix F; 1. "Of men":
After the overthrow of the Dark Power, in which Beleriand was for the most part drowned or broken, it was granted as a reward to the Elf-friends that they also, as the Eldar, might pass west over Sea. ... Most of the Elf-friends, therefore, departed and dwelt in Numenor.....These were the Numenoreans, the Kings of Men, whom the elves called the Dunedain.
... Most of the Men of the northern regions of the West-land were descended from the Edain of the First Age, or of their close kin.... Of this kind were the peoples of the upper vales of Anduin: the Beornings, and the Woodmen of Western Mirkwood, ... Men of Long Lake and of Dale. .... the folk known in Gondor as Rohirrim.
So my questions:
What happened to the Edain who didn't marry into the elvish lines? Did they not all go to Numenor? Did they eventually become the Northmen?
Is Elros the only half-elf to choose mortality (besides Arwen)?
Did all the half-elves who chose mortality go to Numenor? Did any non-half-elf (i.e. full human) Edain go to Numenor?
What about the half-elves who chose elfdom? Where do they go? I think I read that Rivendell was a haven for half-elves who chose elfdom.
Depending on answer to #1, are all Numenorean descendants of Elros?
Are the Dunedain and the Numenoreans the same group just two different names?
Sorry for asking so many questions. I just finished the book and I've written down a lot of questions.