Elendil the Tall is the first High King Arnor and Gondor. He is encountered by High Elf characters in the year 3434, leading the men of Gondor and Arnor as part of the host of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men at the siege on the battle plain at Dagorlad at the end of the Second Age.
|Birth - Death||Second Age 3320 - 3441|
House of Elros
|Child(ren):||Isildur and Anárion|
|Descendant(s):|| Line of Arthedain|
|Info:|| 1st High King of Arnor and of Gondor|
Founded Annúminas in Evendim
Died at the Siege of Barad-dûr
His name means "Devoted to Stars" in Quenya, but Dúnedain often confused the meaning to become "Elf-friend". Elendil were often named Elendil the Tall and indeed he was, said to be 2.5 "rangar" which is about 2.40 meters.
Elendil's most fearsome weapon was the sword Narsil, the "Red-white Flame". It was a family heirloom from the days of Elros, forged already in the First Age and contained a superior power based on stones wrought into it.
When Elendil lived in Númenor he was a renowned ship-captain, known as an Elf-friend, and faithful to the Valar. However, Ar-Pharazôn seized the throne and in a war he actually managed to imprison Sauron and brought him to Númenor. However, the sweet-talking Sauron soon swayed the minds of many Númenóreans into worshipping Melkor, and eventually to overtake Valinor to gain eternal life.
In II 3319 Elendil's father, and also Isildur, learned about the treasury, and informed Elendil. Isildur managed to steal a fruit from Nimloth, the White tree, while Elendil lay hands on the Palantíri, the Seeing Stones, and Elendil's household escaped the Downfall of Númenor. A great storm separated the ships and the sons landed to the south-east and there they jointly founded the Kingdom of Gondor. Elendil landed near Lindon to the north-west; and there he spoke in Quenya the famous words:
- "Et Edrello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta!"
- "Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. In this place will I abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world." — The Return of the King
Soon Elendil became a very close friend with Gil-galad, a friendship that lasted throughout their lifetime. Some time after II 3320 Elendil begun to explore the regions and he founded the city of Annúminas at the shores of Lake Nenuial (in Evendim) and founded the Kingdom of Arnor. Elendil kept contact with his two sons via the Palantíri; thus, being the sovereign of his family, he also became the first High King of Gondor.
However, Sauron survived the wrath of Ilúvatar at the destruction of Númenor and gathered strength in his eastern stronghold. In II 3429 he overtook Minas Ithil, the city of Isildur, and charged at Osgiliath, the capital of Gondor. Isildur escaped with his family and reached his father. Five years later they returned to Gondor together with Gil-galad in "the Last Alliance of Elves and Men". After a seven year long siege of Barad-dûr Elendil and Gil-galad together overthrow Sauron, but both died in the deed and the Narsil broke under Elendil. At that moment Isildur grabbed the hilt and cut off the One Ring from Sauron's hand, and a long tale of its journey begun and soon its final destiny is about to be determined.
Thus Elendil died in 3441 when was 332 years old. He had ruled as the first High King of the Two Kingdoms for 121 years. Elendil's youngest son Anárion was slain during the siege, one year earlier. Isildur saved the shards of Narsil, arranged the burial of Elendil, but the true tomb was later moved to near Minas Tirith. Later valuable relics were brought back to Annúminas and symbolically put down in his place in Haudh Elendil.
Isildur succeeded Elendil at the throne and became the second High King of the Two Kingdoms, though destiny his life ended two years later just after the Battle of the Gladden Fields. The Narsil was saved but the Ring was lost for centuries to come.
- The Silmarillion, by Tolkien
- Unfinished Tales, by Tolkien
- The Return of the King, by Tolkien