Historical Background: Lake Evendim and the Evendim Hills. Summary: Early history of the Elven kingdom of Lake Evendim, (completely uncanonical!) Disclaimer: Characters and settings all belong to either the Tolkien estate or New Line Cinema. No infringment of their rights is intended. ****************************************** Long ago, before the Sun and the Moon were made and when the Firstborn of Eru were newly come into the World, they were summoned by the Valar to join them in the Undying Lands of the West to dwell there in bliss and the light of the Two Trees. Not all accepted the summons and of those who did there were some who strayed from the long road, prefering the wide lands and starlight of Middle Earth to the promises of the Valar. These were known as the Nandor, Those Who Turn Back. And some of this people came into the lands between the Misty Mountains and the Blue, that would one day be called Eriador, and settled on the shores of a great lake whose still waters reflected the starry skies and was fed by dozens of sparkling brooks and streams flowing down from the high, wooded hills surrounding it on three sides. And they called it Nenuial 'Water of Twilight' or, as later Men translated it, Lake Evendim. And the forested highlands around it were named the Emyn Uial, or Evendim Hills. And there they dwelt through all the long ages of the Trees and into the shorter years of the newborn sun. Now Celeborn Prince of Doriath was a great huntsman. And at times he would tire of the familiar forests of Beleriand and pass eastward over the mountains into the wider, wilder lands of Eriador and there dwell for a time among the Nandor on the shores of Lake Nenuial. It so fell out that he was there in the east at the time of Melkor's return and so, though he shared the Nandor's wonder and awe at the new lights of moon and sun, he had no knowledge of what they portended and remained at peace among his friends rather than returning in alarm to Doriath. Now Galadriel daughter of Finarfin was mighty among the Noldor. And though she dwelt for a time as a guest in Doriath and learned much of Melian the Queen she longed for a realm of her own to be ordered by her will and no other. All the lands of Beleriand were already claimed by either the Lords of the Noldor, her kin, or the Sindar or the Laiquendi so she decided to pass east over the mountains and to make herself a realm in the unsettled lands beyond the Ered Luin. And so she led a great company, for she had many followers among the Noldor, through the passes at the foot of Mount Dolmed and into the wide forests of Eriador. There she encountered a wandering company of Nandorin Elves who told her of Lake Evendim and its many clear streams and it sounded to her like a fair place and one where she might make her seat. Now the Elves of Nenuial learning of the approach of so large and warlike a company, took fright and thought to flee into the high hills. But Celeborn counseled against this and promised to go forth himself and challenge these invaders, threatening them with the vengeance of Thingol should they attempt any violence against the people of the lake. And so Celeborn of Doriath first laid eyes on Galadriel of the Noldor at a formal parley and found her very fair. And she thought that she had never seen so kingly an Elven lord even among the great ones of the West, and their hearts were turned one to the other. From Galadriel Celeborn learned of all that had passed, both in Aman and in Beleriand, and was greatly afraid. Not for Doriath, safe under the protection of Melian, but for the Nandor of Eriador who were a simple folk and easy prey for Morgoth and his creatures. And so he advised the Lake Elves to welcome the Noldor and learn from them that which they would need to know to defend themselves in the Dark times to come. And to this they agreed on condition that Celeborn, who they knew well and trusted, would be their lord and protect them from both the Shadow and the strange, fell Elves from across the sea. Celeborn accepted the charge and he and Galadriel plighted their troth on the shores of Lake Evendim in the presence of all their peoples. And Galadriel treated with the Dwarves of Belegost, who dwelt not far away in the Blue Mountains, to delve for them splendid halls like unto those of Menegroth and Nargothrond. And the craftsmen among her company adorned them with their art until Rhauth Uial, the Caves of Evendim, were the fairest Elven dwelling east of the Mountains and the most splendid. Then Celeborn and Galadriel left their new realm for a time, passing westward over the Mountains, so they might be wed with all ceremony in the presence of their kin. But they soon returned to their own country and remained there throughout the long peace and through the battles that ended it until news came to them of the Ruin of Doriath. Then Celeborn, in great grief and wrath, led his host over the Mountains to avenge his kin. He found that Beren and the Green Elves of Ossiriand had already destroyed the Dwarf army of Nogrod. But Celeborn and his host remained for a time in Doriath, helping repair the ravages of war, and even after his men has gone home he stayed on to advise the new King, Dior Eluchil. And so Celeborn was there when the Sons of Feanor descended upon Doriath in the second Kinslaying and fought with Dior against them. But the King was slain with his wife, and his sons lost. And the little Princess Elwing was carried away to refuge in the south by her nurse. Then Celeborn led such of the people who had not already fled south, eastward to join his own people by Lake Evendim. And the realm of Celeborn and Galadriel was then the only great Elven Kingdom left in all Middle Earth and they knew it was only a matter of time before they were assailed as well. So Queen Galadriel called upon the arts she had learned of Melian and wove a great web of protection and defense around the Kingdom of the Lake. Wakened trees were her watchmen and birds and beasts her messengers. And for the unwelcome intruder the paths went all awry, leading them ever northward into wild and barren hills. And Morgoth did indeed assail them, even as they expected, with a great host of Orcs mounted on wargs and led by his servant Gorthaur, (known also as Sauron) and his guard of werewolves. And there was fire and war in the forests of Evendim but the enchantments of Galadriel held and the army of Celeborn drove the enemy from their borders, slaying many Orcs and Wargs and Werewolves too. And Gorthaur fled in terror of Galadriel's power and Celeborn's sword, and filled with anger and shame returned to his master. Fearing punishment he lied to Morgoth claiming the Kindom of the Lake had been overthrown and its King and Queen slain. And the Dark Lord was decieved and turned his power on the last stronghold of the Noldor in Beleriand, that of Maedros and Maglor on Amon Ereb. And they were driven into the sea and forced to take refuge on the Isle of Balar with the other Exiles. And Morgoth rejoiced that all Middle Earth was now in his hand, but it was not so. For bands of Men and of Sindar and Laiquendi still lived in hiding in the lands of Beleriand, and at times came forth from their secret fastnesses to do the Enemy what hurt they could, and those hurts were not pinpricks but great wounds. And so the battle was carried on, not by the Noldor who had come in pride and defiance and lay under the ban of the Valar, but by the Dark Elves of Middle Earth and the Elf-Friends of the Three Houses, their allies. When the Host of the Valar came out of the West Eonwe the Herald, its commander, refused the swords of the Exiles for they still lay under the Doom of Mandos. But called to his banner the Men and Elves of Middle Earth. Celeborn led forth his Sindar and Nandor, but the Noldor among the People of the Lake remained behind with Galadriel the Queen. And the host of Evendim fought beside that of the Valar in the War of Wrath and saw the breaking of Thangorodrim and the downfall of Morgoth. But when Eonwe called upon all Elves to quit Middle Earth and go into the West Celeborn was among those who refused. and Galadriel was one of the few Exiles who were not forgiven, for her heart remained proud and she did not repent. And she returned to the Lake together with those of their people who had also chosen to remain. But Celeborn lingered in Lindon, broken fragment of sunken Beleriand, to order there a new realm for the surviving Sindar and Laiquendi. And among those who'd sought refuge there he found the long lost sons of Dior, Elurin and Elured, who he and all of their kin had mourned as dead. It seemed that after they were abandoned to starve by the cruel servants of Celegorm the boys were succored by birds, (sent perhaps by Melian their foremother) who fed them on berries and nuts and small game and led them by secret ways to Tol Galen, the green isle where they had been born. And there they had remained, alone save for the birds of Melian, until the tumult of the final battles had driven them forth to flee, like many others, to the feet of the Ered Luin. And there Celeborn recognized them by their likeness to their father and by the silver fair hair they had from their mother, Nimloth, who was his niece. And proclaimed them the rightful heirs of Elu Thingol and lords of the remaining Sindar. But they were shy and wild and untaught, unfit to govern, and Celeborn remained long with them in Harlindon, instructing them in all they should know. So Galadriel ruled alone in Rhuath Uial and there were those among the people, chiefly Sindar from Doriath, who took offense at her Noldorin ways and many left the Lake kingdom and went eastward over the Misty Mountains to live among the simple silvan Elves, away from the proud Noldor and their wars. And among these were Orophir and his son Thranduil, later Kings of Mirkwood; and Amdir and his son Amroth, who became Kings of Lorien. Returning at last to Lake Evendim Celeborn was disturbed to find so many of his folk, including friends from his boyhood in Doriath, gone. But those that remained welcomed him warmly, as did Galadriel his wife and their daughters; Lorellin and Celebrian. And the sons of Dior came to visit their uncle and Elured's heart turned to Lorellin, the golden haired elder daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel, and hers to him. And so they were wedded and Elurin returned alone to Harlindon. Now news came to Rhuath Uial that Noldor of the following of Celebrimbor had founded a new realm at the foot of the Misty Mountains in the land of Eregion. And that their city of Ost-en-Edhil was as fair as Elven Tirion of old and that the smiths of that land were wise in craft and makers of many wonderful things. And Galadriel's heart was fired with desire to see all this for herself. And so she departed, along with most of the Noldor remaining in the Kingdom of the Lake, to Eregion and dwelt there. And Celebrimbor and his smiths gave her much honor and delighted in making fair jewels for her pleasure. But in Rhuath Uial Celeborn was saddened by the empty halls and silent smithies of his much reduced realm. And after a few years he gave up the Kingship to Elured and Lorellin and with Celebrian, his younger daughter, went to join Galadriel in Eregion nor did either of them ever return to Kingdom of the Lake. ****************************************** Historical Background: Annuminas Summary: History and description of Elendil's city of Annuminas, (completely uncanonical!) Disclaimer: Characters and settings all belong to either the Tolkien estate or New Line Cinema. No infringment of their rights is intended. ****************************************** After the departure of Celeborn and Galadriel Lorellin, their daughter, and Elured son of Dior were King and Queen of the Lake. But the realm was much diminished for the Noldor and many of the Sindar who had dwelt there departed to other kingdoms leaving mainly the Nandor who had been there since before the Sun and the Moon. The great city the Noldor had delved beneath the hills was abandoned and fell into ruin, for the Lake folk preferred to dwell among the trees in sight of sky and water. But their King and Queen still held court in the fair palace wrought for Celeborn and Galadriel. When Sauron destroyed Eregion and spread his power over the western lands the Lake Elves did not answer Gil-Galad's summons. Instead Elured and Lorellin wove new protections of shadow and confusion about their realm and their people stayed secure within these defenses. But many dark things wandered into the woods of Evendim and were unable to escape, and the hills became the haunt of terrors. Even after Sauron was driven back and the West was at peace the Lake Elves did not fare forth nor remove their shadowy walls and the Men of Arthedain feared the haunted wood and told strange stories about the Enchanted Lake and the King and Queen who ruled it. Now after the Downfall of Numenor storms drove the ships of Elendil northward to the Grey Havens. And his wife, Tar-Vardamire, was taken as queen by the Numenoreans in Exile for she was the last of the blood royal. And the little lordships of Arthedain also accepted her suzereinity. For their people were close kin to the Numenoreans, like them descended from the Edain of Old. Then Elendil fared forth seeking a place to build the capital of the new realm and his eye fell upon the Lake of Evendim, midway between the lands settled by the Numenoreans and the lands of the Edain of Eriador. And it seemed to him both a fair and fitting site for the new city. And so, though the Men of Arthedain warned against it, he entered the enchanted forest. But such was the strength of his will that the webs of shadow and deception availed not against him. And his company came even to the shores of Lake Evendim, the first Men to look on it in many hundreds of years. And on the southeastern side Elendil found a green and treeless vale and chose it as the site for his city. Then the Elves of the Lake fell upon them. Recognizing their kind Elendil bade his Men to lay down their weapons and suffered himself to be taken and led as a prisoner before Elured and Lorellin. Now Elured was the brother of Elwing, mother of Elrond Half-Elven and Elros Tar-Minyatur, and he recognized Elendil as his kin and made him welcome. Nor did the Elven King begrudge the Mortal the land he desired but made him a free gift of it, for the Elves dwelt only on the northwestern side of the Lake. Thus the city of Annuminas, (The Tower of Sunset) rose on the shores of Lake Evendim at the behest of Elendil, built by masons and artisans of Numenor and embellished by the Elven craftsmen of Lindon and Rivendell. Her buildings were of fine white stone adorned with pillared arcades, sculpted figures and fretted carvings. And their wide casements were set with devices of colored glass that glittered like jewels. And the pinacles of her many towers and her many domes were covered with fine gold that caught the light of the sun and filled the vale with radiance, winning her the name of Annuminas the Golden. And she was the fairest city ever raised by the hands of Men, surpassing even Armenelos of the Kings in Numenor, and rivalling, (it was said) the glory of Elven Tirion beyond the sea. Broad tree lined avenues there were, and squares paved with wonderful designs in colored marbles. And there were gardens and parks filled with rare trees and flowers saved from lost Numenor. And everywhere the glitter of water in channels and pools and a thousand singing fountains. Defended by enchantments the city was unwalled, filling the vale and extending on piles over the lake. And the Great Lords built themselves fair villas on the southeastern shore and hunting lodges under the eaves of the forest. For the Dunedain found sport in slaying the evil things laired in the wood and through their efforts it became a cleaner place, though still perilous. Two ways there were into the city: By water up the Baranduin and along the lake shore to the warves of the merchants, (for most of the city's trade was by water). Or by the road Elendil cut through the hills behind his city. And this road was defended by five gates, wrought by Elven smiths for the Kings of Men. First came the Gate of Winter; an iron grill wrought in the forms of leafless trees with intricately interlacing boughs, set between high towers of dark grey stone crowned with spikes of iron. Beyond this gate was a wide, white paved road lined with great trees, shapely and bare of leaves, wrought of black iron. Next was the Gate of Autumn guarded by towers of reddish stone crowned by spikes of bronze. And between them hung brazen gates decorated with autumn trees, their limbs rich with red-golden leaves. And the road beyond ran between great trees with boles and boughs of bronze and leaves of beaten copper. Third came the Gate of Summer, and its towers were of honey colored stone with parapets of fine gold. The gate was also of gold, the woven trees glittering with leaves of beryl and fruits of garnet, topaz and tourmaline. And beyond it the road was bordered with golden trees laden with leaves and fruit of sparkling gems. Fourth was the Gate of Spring and it was of fair silver set between towers of shining alabaster crowned with silver parapets. And the trees which formed the gate glistened with young leaves of pale peridot and jeweled blossoms. And the road behind the gate was lined with new budding trees wrought of silver and jewels. The fifth and final gate pierced a bank of green sward. This was the Gate of the Two Trees and its posts were towering images of Laurelin and Telperien wrought in gold and topaz, and silver and pearl. And between them hung gates of interlaced silver and gold adorned with figures of the sun and moon. Beyond this gate the road entered the city itself and became a fair avenue lined with fragrant evergreen trees of oiolaire, lairelosse, nessamelda, vardariana, taniquelasse and yavannamire, Elven trees brought long ago to Numenor from fair Eldamar. And the avenue ran straight over low arched bridges above lily filled water courses,through green and flowering parks and stately squares to a terraced plaza in the heart of the city. This was the Place of the Kings and it was filled with the music of golden fountains and adorned with images of heroes and Kings, carved of stone or cast in metal, looking down from their high pedestals. And on its topmost terrace stood the Palace of the Kings with its high golden domes, and soaring over all the gold tipped Tower of Elendil. And under the largest of the domes, beneath stars of Elven crystal, stood an image of the White Tree of Numenor wrought of mithril and laiquin *1 and jewels by Enerdhil, second only to Feanor among the Elven smiths of old. Its flowers were of opal and pearl and the delicate leaves, dark green above and silver below, thin and veined like those of a living tree, moved, chiming one against the other, as the air stirred them, filling the great chamber with a soft music. And the golden throne of Tar-Vardamire was set beneath the shining tree with a simple silver chair for her consort at its side. And here she held her court in a round hall walled with frescoes of fair Numenor before the Downfall, under a starry dome upheld by golden pillars shaped like laurinque trees with spreading boughs and a fretwork of golden blossoms. But Tar-Vardamire did not live long, her heart broken by grief and horror she laid down her life after a few short years, leaving the scepter of the High Kingdom to Elendil her husband. And he put away her golden throne prefering his silver chair. And for a scepter he used the Silver Rod wielded by the Lords of Andunie of Old. To the west of the the city rose a tall hill, made even taller by the arts of the Numenoreans, where Elendil made a Hallow for the worship of Eru. Amon Dinen, the Hill of Silence, rose in a smooth cone high above the surrounding forested hills. And a wide stone stair wound round it to a crown of shining, tapered white stones encircling its summit. Within these was a grassy hollow, large enough for thousands to gather to hear the Three Prayers said. *2 And in its center were three low blocks of black marble, marking the stations of the King, the Queen, and the Heir. By ancient tradition only the King, acting as intermediary for his people, could speak aloud in the Hallow and then only to offer the ancient prayers. *3 But any Man or Woman might climb the Hill at any time to sit in the silence and listen for the Voice of Eru in their hearts. As the realm expanded eastward Fornost, the White Tower of the North, became more important because of its closeness to the troubled northern and eastern borders. And the King's Heir made his seat there and had the title Prince of Fornost. Earendur it was who divided the realm, creating the sub-kingdoms of Rhudaur and Cardolan and giving their scepters to his youngers sons. But the ancient heart of the realm, Arthedain and Dunhirion, passed to Amlaith his eldest son with the the Silver Scepter of the High Kings. But Amlaith chose to keep his court at Fornost, as he had as Heir, for he loved the high downs. And it became known as Fornost Erain, the Northern Fortress of the Kings. But Annuminas remained the official seat of the realm, and here both the High Kings and the Lesser Kings would repair at times to take council together and to hold the great ceremonies of state when they recieved their scepters, took their Queens or named their Heirs. And there the High Kings still came to say the Three Prayers in the Hallow Elendil made for Eru. Then the Witch King arose in Angmar and the people of the Dunedain moved eastward to confront their foe, and the population of Annuminas was diminished as was that of all the westlands. But the City of Elendil was not utterly abandoned until the time of Aranarth, when the King laid down his scepter and with his people went into hiding, abandoning their cities and fortresses to the ravages of time. And so for a thousand years the Dunedain of the North wandered the Wilds as Rangers, and fought in secret the foes of Men. And the King of the Lake watched over the City of Elendil so it did not fall into ruin but rather slept, awaiting the promised Return of the King. ******************************************** 1. Laiquin is a dark green metal created by Goldomir, son of Enerdhil. (Fanon!) 2. The Three Prayers were: The Erukyermie, spoken on the first day of spring, asking the blessings of the Father on the year to come. The Erulaitale, said in midsummer, offering Him praise. And the Eruhantale, made at the end of autumn, giving Him thanks for his goodness to Men. (Canon!) The Three Prayers are not in Quenya but an ancient Adunaic dialect, indicating the great age of these observances and their purely Mortal origins. (Fanon) 3. The King is intermediary only in the sense he represents his people by saying the Prayers on their behalf. He does not pretend to speak for Eru, or to be closer to Him than any other Man. (Assumed from Canon) ********************************************* Historical Background: Daer Lond and Ost-en-Dunhirion By Morwen Tindomerel Summary: Description and history of the two major seaports of the North Kingdom. Disclaimer: All rights reserved to the Tolkien Estate and/or New Line Cinema with grateful thanks. ***************************************** The first foundations for Lond Daer were laid at the mouth of the Gwathlo by Tar-Aldarion (r. 883-1075) but remained unfinished, and were allowed to fall into ruin by his daughter Tar-Ancalime. It was her son, Tar-Anarion, (r. 1280-1394) who completed the work begun by his his grandfather, and Lond Daer became both a shipyard and a timber port exporting wood from the vast forests of Minhiriath and Enedwaith to Numenor. But by S.A. 1700 those forests had all but disappeared and the Haven was in decline until Admiral Ciryatur used it to land a portion of the great armament sent by Tar-Minastir (r. 1731-1869) to the war against Sauron. After the war Lond Daer was enlarged by Tar-Minastir's successor, Tar-Ciryatan (r. 1869-2029), and became rich as a center for trade with the Dwarves of Moria. The city was magnificently rebuilt between 2155 and 2190, by Tar-Atanamir the Great (r.2029-2221). The harbor entrance was guarded by twin lighthouses, six sided shafts of polished black basalt two hundred feet high, topped by great lanterns of crystal and steel that glittered like jewels by day and shed silvery radiance on sea and harbor by night. Tar-Atanmir's gleaming city of basalt and onyx marble rose above the dark quays lining both shores of the Gwathlo mouth. Warehouses and counting houses with the names of the merchants who owned them inscribed in gold above their doors gave way to tall houses with many windows, domed roofs and sleander towers, all decorated with flutings, scrolls and arabesques inlaid with precious metals and stones. Grand avenues and squares were lined with colonnades of massive black pillars, delicately twined with carven flowers and vines, fronting rich shops, guildhalls and market halls. Walled gardens and parks were filled with exotic plants, birds and beasts brought from distant Lands. And both parks and squares were adorned with statues of marble and bronze. The grey waters of the Gwathlo divided the city in two, linked by three long, many arched bridges. The great black citadel of Lond Daer stood in the eastern quarter with its massive walls, domed great hall and lofty tower but the palace of the governor rose on a hill above the western quarter with its cluster of onyx domes and elaborate gardens terraced down to the riverbank. A low wall of gleaming basalt surrounded the city pierced by seven gates of galvorn and gold set with many jewels. Four of the gates were on the western side of the river and three on the eastern, and each had a keystone carved in the likeness of Tar-Atanamir with stones of adamant for eyes and a golden crown. The Governor of Lond Daer was a King's Man, as were most of the merchants who dwelt there, but after the Downfall the city accepted Tar-Vardamire as Queen and was incorporated into the High Kingdom of Arnor as a free city subject only to the High King, and later the King of Cardolan. The port continued to prosper and became known as Bel Enedhlond, the Great Middle Port, as it stood between Pelagir on the Anduin and Ost-en-Dunhirion on the Gulf of Lune. But Daer Lond was hard hit by the great plague of TA 1636-37. For though the Dunedain of the North, (unlike their kin in Gondor) proved resistant the Men of Minhiriath, who farmed the land around the city and supplied it with food, died in great numbers and many of the survivors fled north where the infection was less severe. Trade with the Southern Kingdom dwindled after the plague and much of the traffic with Moria now passed through Tharbad on the upper Gwathlo. Yet the city struggled on, dispite a steady loss of Men to the Witch Wars, until Aranarth took his people into hiding in TA 1976. Dunlending raiders looted the abandoned Haven, prying the precious metal and jewels from its walls, smashing or carrying off statues, defacing carved reliefs, killing the strang beasts and birds and uprooting and burning the exotic plants and flowers. Then the remains were left to fall quietly into ruin for the next thousand years. Rebuilt by Elessar I Telcontar Lond Daer once again became a great Haven and center of trade in the days of the Reunited Kingdom, and the seat of the Lords of Enedwaith and the Admirals of the Middle Seas. ********************************************* Ost-en-Dunhirion, (Citadel of the Lords of the West) was begun by Tar-Ciryatan while he was still but the King's Heir and completed after he took the Scepter. Intended both as a port for trade with the Elves of Lindon and the Men of Arthedain, and as a seat for the Kings of Men in Middle Earth. The city stood on the green plain beneath the Tower Hills linked to the Gulf of Lune by a massive canal, eight leagues long, deep enough for the great seagoing galleons of Numenor and wide enough for two to pass each other with room to spare. And lined for its entire length with fair white villas and their gardens and parklands. The entrance to the canal was guarded by twin statues of Tar-Ciryatan, one hundred and fifty feet high, of white marble their helms, breastplates and swords overlaid with mithril and gold. And just within it was a Hallow dedicated to the Lords of the Sea; a deep blue pool of seawater with three tall pillars set in its midst. The tallest of these, of grey stone, represented Ulmo and the other two, shorter and of blue-green stone, Osse and Uinen. Here mariners would stop when setting out to ask the blessing of the Lords upon their ship. And on returning to give thanks for a safe voyage. The walls of Ost-en-Dunhirion were high and built of shining white stone pierced by ten great steel gates each flanked by a pair of tall towers. The canal entered the city under a gigantic arch carved with two White Trees and the Seven and One Stars of the Kings of the West. Inside the canal formed a great ring of water crossed by ten bridges arching high above the marble warves where the ships moored and unloaded their goods into cavelike warehouses hollowed out of the massive foundations of the city. Another ten gates, wrought of copper, pierced this inner wall also flanked by towers. Behind them were the counting houses and guild halls of the merchants and artisans of the city and their homes all built of white stone on either side of the broad tree lined main avenue or on side streets and lanes, interspersed with small gardens, public parks and market squares. Water flowed through a tunnel beneath the first circle of the city to form a moat, somewhat less broad and deep than the harbor, spanned by ten great bridges with houses built upon them leading to the ten silver gates of a third wall, towered like the other two, enclosing the second ring of the city. Here were the tall white houses of the nobles with their sleander towers and silver domes set admidst wide gardens with small wooded parklands and theaters where music and story might be heard. A third moat ringed the the citadel at the heart of the city, joined to the second ring by four bridges, each with a gatehouse at either end. It rose in terraces above many towered white walls and golden gates with gardens and groves, halls and guest houses, armories and treasuries, to the great gold domed palace with its soaring golden spired towers. Because of its nearness to Lindon Ost-en-Dunhirion became a favorite refuge for 'Faithful' fleeing persecution in Numenor. They settled the lands between the Blue Mountains and the Brandywine, which became known as Dor-en-Dunhirion, (Land of the Lords of the West) and on the eastern bank of the river Lune. The colonists traded and intermarried with the people of Arthedain, descended like themselves from the Edain of Old, and were ruled by a governor of their own choosing. At the time of the Downfall this was Vorondil, a kinsman of Elendil of Andunie and husband of his only daughter Elemmire. Vorondil and his heirs were named Princes of Dunhirion by Tar-Vardamire. And, after Elendil and Isildur fell, Elemmire ruled the the High Kingdom as regent during the minority of her nephew Valandil. Her descendants, the Elemmirioni, held the offices of Steward of the Realm and Constable of Annuminas through all the centuries the Kings ruled the North. They were also Lord Admirals of the Northern Seas and from their Haven of Ost-en-Dunhirion ships sailed to explore the Bent Seas after the Downfall. They found wide, unpeopled lands in the new West full of strange fruits and plants which they brought back to Middle Earth, (including Galenas, the pipeweed of the Hobbits, potatoes, tomatoes, corn and other crops from the Lands of the Sun). The mariners of Arnor found also the last remnant of Numenor, the mountaintop of Meneltarma and its Hallow to Eru still above the sea. And here at times Dunedain of the North would come to mourn and ask the mercy of Eru for the Downfallen. Yet it was a curious thing that ships from Gondor, though they searched the southern seas, never found the Holy Isle or landed upon it. And it was said in the North that this was because the Exiles of Gondor still yearned for life eternal within Arda and longed to gaze upon the Deathless Lands of the West, and only those whose hearts were bent wholly on Eru and desired to join him beyond the Circles of the World could come to the greatest of his Hallows. When Aranarth commanded the Dunedain to 'disappear' the Princes abandoned their city and moved northward to become Wardens of the Evendim Hills. The last of the Elemmirioni was Ellemir, grandmother of Aragorn Elessar, in whom was joined the the three lines of descent from Elendil. The city itself, tended by the Elves of the Havens, did not fall into ruin but waited patiently for the Return of the King. After the restoration of the the Reunited Kingdom it was repeopled and became again an important Haven and the seat of the Admiral of the North. And the ancient domains of Dunhirion and the Evendim Hills became holdings of the Crown, and Prince of Dunhirion was the title of the King's Heir in the North.