Just by that first line, you can tell that this page is more and more history.
Before we start, I have to fix an error. Yesterday I said that Anárion, Isildur’s brother, founded Arnor. Nope. He didn’t. He jointly ruled Gondor with Isildur. My bad. I’ll edit that post later.
So, Elrond keeps telling the tale of the ring. He was present at the last battle with Sauron, when Elendil and Gil-galad fell, and Isildur cut the ring from Sauron’s hand. This shocks Frodo, who inappropriately forgets about elven immortality. This is awkward. Unfortunately, Elrond also remembers how Isildur kept the ring as a repayment for his father’s and brother’s deaths. (Oh yeah, Anárion dies too. That’s why we never hear about him.) Boromir did not know this part of the tale, and is surprised. Elrond continues to say that few actually knew of Isildur’s betrayal and death at the hands of the ring. When he was killed in the Gladden Fields, only three men escaped, and after wandering the mountains for a long time.
-Beleriand: Northern region of Middle-earth. Once proud, but widely destroyed in the battle against Morgorth at the end of the First Age.
-Thangorodrim: Group of three volcanos, raised by Morgoth. His fortress of Angband in the north was below them.
-Gondolin: Hidden elven city in Beleriand. Destroyed…of course.
-Doriath: Another elven land in Beleriand. Also gone.
-the Battle of Dagorlad: Battle in which Sauron was defeated by the Last Alliance, with Isildur cutting the ring from his hand.
-Aiglos: Spear of Gil-galad. Nine feet tall. Clearly awesome.
-Narsil: Elendil’s sword, broken, which Isildur used to cut the ring from Sauron’s hand. Aragorn carries it around.
-Ohtar: Esquire of Isildur. Survived the ambush which killed Isildur. Brought with him the shards of Narsil to Rivendell.
History, history, history! So many new things!
Frodo forgetting that Elrond has been around for a long time certainly feels uncomfortable in this formal setting of the Council. Elrond has to go back and remind Frodo that he’s Eärendil’s son. DUH. Obvi.
Boromir’s outburst, though also uninformed, is more acceptable. Gondor’s been slowly falling out of grace, so I don’t doubt that he doesn’t know about the fate of Isildur. Education is lax in the south there…
Anywho, I’m going to withhold trying to figure out where things are going in this story, because we’re just going to move forward through it as we go day by day.
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Oh look, the same list. Ho hum
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