The Disaster at Gladden Fields - "Unfinished Tales" by Christopher Tolkien
The Disaster Of The Gladden Fields
By J.R.R. Tolkien
After the fall of Sauron, Isildur, the son and heir of Elendil, returned to Gondor. There he assumed the Elendilmir
(footnote 1~ The Eledilmar is named in a footnote to Appendex A (I,iii) to the Lord of The Rings: the Kings of Arnor wore no crown, ‘but bore a single white gem, the Elendilmir, Star of Elendil, bound on their brows with a single fillet’. This note gives references to other mentions of the Star of Elendil in the course of the narrative. They were in fact not one but two gems of this name.)
… as King of Arnor, and proclaimed his sovereign lordship over all the Dunedain in the North and in the south;
(footnote 2 ~ As is related in the Tale of Cirion and Eorl, drawing on older histories now mostly lost, for its account of the events that led to the Oath of Eorl and the alliance of Gondor with the Rohirrim. [Author’s note.]
for he was a man of great pride and vigour. He remained for a year in Gondor, restoring order and defining its bounds; but the greater part of the army of Arnor returned to Eriador by the Numenorean road from the Fords of Isen to Fornost. When he at last felt free to return to his own realm, he was in haste, as he first wanted to go to Imladris; for he had left his wife and youngest son there,
(footnote 3 ~ Isuldur’s youngest son was Valendil, third King of Arnor:…)
and he had moreover an urgent need for the counsel of Elrond. He therefore determined to make his way north from Osgiliath up the Vales of Auduin to Cirith Forn en Andrath, the high climbing pass of the North, that led down to Imladris.
(footnote 4~ This pass is named here by an Elvish name. At Rivendell long after Gimli the Dwarf referred to it as the High Pass: ‘If it were not for the Beornings, the passage form Dale to Rivendell would long have become impossible. They are valiant men and keep open the High Pass and the Ford of Carrock. …)
He knew the land well, for he had journeyed there often before the War of the Alliance, and had marched that way to the war with men of eastern Arnor in the company of Elrond.
(footnote 5 ~ Cf. Of The Rings of Power in The Silmarillion, p. 295: ‘[Isildur] marched north from Gondor by the way Elrond had come.’
(To be continued)
by Paladiran on 2017-10-22 10:50:03
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