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Oct 15, 9:26pm

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The Star of Elendil

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What is The Star of the North Kingdom? Why was Aragorn wearing it? When did he put it on? Did have it with him all along or did he get it after the Grey Company arrived?

Is this the same stone that was called the Elendilmir? The copy of the real Elendilmir that Saruman had locked up in his vault?

Or is it only referring to a similar kind of star that the Sons of Elrond wear to keep their cloaks buttoned up?

If it is Elendilmir, is it ever mentioned that Aragorn `wore it before he decided to take it off and give it to the twins?

Yes, he Star of Elendil was "[a] diamond, one of the heirlooms of the North-kingdom," according to Robert Foster in The Complete Guide to Middle-earth. Foster continues: "It represented Eärendil, which had served as a guide to the Edain when they sailed to Númenor. The Star was worn on the brow of the Kings of the North-kingdom until Elessar gave it to Sam Gamgee in FO 16.

"Also called the Star of the Dúnedain, the Star of the North, and the Elendilmir."

The original had been lost with the death of Isildur, so this would have been the copy made by the smiths of Rivendell. The original would not be recovered until after the War of the Ring when it would be found within the Tower of Orthanc. I don't think Aragorn left Rivendell with the copy; it was probably presented to him by either Elladan or Elrohir of the Grey Company.

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(This post was edited by entmaiden on Oct 16, 1:42am)

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