Season 5 Episode 8 – The Star of High Hope

Belegaer

  • Earendil sails with the Silmaril into the west again. The winds die down as the light of the Silmaril goes forward.
  • They pass the Enchanted Isles and the Shadowy Seas. They pass Tol Eressea, where the Teleri are amazed at their sight.

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Valinor

  • Earendil lands in the Bay of Eldamar and sets foot on Valinor. His crew dare not to go further, but Elwing follows him.
  • Earendil bids Elwing stay while he approaches the Valar. With the Silmaril in hand he walks alone through empty and silent lands towards Taniquetil.

Alqualonde

  • Elwing waits at Alqualonde, where the Teleri come out and meet her.
  • Elwing tells them of the destruction of Doriath and Gondolin, and of the Noldor.

Tirion

  • Earendil walks through the empty streets of Tirion, no one answering his calls.
  • Earendil gives up and returns towards the sea. As he turns back though, Eonwe calls to him from the hill of Túna.

Valimar

  • Eonwe leads Earendil to Valimar to await the judgment of the Valar.
  • Ulmo returns from the sea to join the council.
  • Earendil stands before the Valar, asking for pardon and mercy for all Elves and Men.
  • Mandos speaks against Earendil, but Ulmo speaks for him.
  • Manwe spares Earendil and Elwing, but says they must never walk upon mortal land again. He gives them a choice to join the race of elves or of men.
  • Eonwe takes Earendil back to Elwing as the Valar discuss further action.

Alqualonde

  • Earendil finds Elwing and tells her of their choice. She chooses to be counted among the elves, and Earendil chooses the same for her sake.
  • Eonwe gives Earendil’s three friends a boat and sends them back eastward.

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  • The Valar take Vingilot back to Taniquetil, where they hallow it and set it on the winds. They charge Earendil with guiding the ship through the heavens, with the Silmaril on his brow, as a sign of hope.
  • Earendil passes through the door of night, up past the reaches of the world

Balar

  • Earendil’s crew returns to Balar, where they tell Cirdan of Earendil’s accomplishment. The elves of Balar witness the rising of the Silmaril in the west.

Amon Ereb

  • Maedhros calls to Maglor to look at the western night sky. With Elrond and Elros they gaze upon the star, which Maedhros recognises as a Silmaril and Maglor understands as being risen by the power of the Valar.

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Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Voyage of Earendil and the War of Wrath’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Tale of Earendel’ from The Book of Lost Tales.

Pictures

  • The Shores of Valinor – Ted Nasmith
  • Silmarillion: Reaching Valinor – Lady Elleth
  • Earendil and Elwing – Roger Garland
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