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==History==
 
==History==
Erendis was born in {{SA|771}},<ref name=Chronology>{{UT|4a}}, ''Chronology'', pp. 212-213</ref> being the daughter of [[Beregar]], a descendant of the [[House of Bëor]], from which she inherited her dark hair and grey eyes. One day, her father brought her to the feast in which Prince Aldarion was proclaimed the [[King's Heir]]. There her eyes were captured by the beauty and splendour of Aldarion. Queen [[Almarian]] also noticed her beauty, and later the young lady entered the household of the Queen, where she was held in great esteem. However, Aldarion did not notice her until the day he departed to [[Middle-earth]] on one of his many travels there.  
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Erendis was born in {{SA|771}},<ref name=Chronology>{{UT|4a}}, ''Chronology'', pp. 212-213</ref> being the daughter of [[Beregar]], a descendant of the [[House of Bëor]], from which she inherited her dark hair and grey eyes. One day, her father brought her to the feast in which Prince Aldarion was proclaimed the [[King's Heir]]. There her eyes were captured by the beauty and splendour of Aldarion. Queen [[Almarian]] also noticed her beauty, and later the young lady entered the household of the Queen, where she was hold in great steem. However, Aldarion did not noticed her until the day he departed to [[Middle-earth]] in one of his many travels.  
  
Years later, Aldarion was forbidden to depart again, and the ladies of his family were not allowed to give him a bough of ''[[oiolairë]]'', a traditional blessing of the Númenóreans. Despite disliking the harbor, Erendis came to Aldarion's ship, bringing the bough. At that moment Aldarion began loving her, and when he returned, he gave her a diamond in gratitude. When their betrothal was announced, Aldarion offered his wife-to-be other jewels but she declared that she only wanted the one jewel. She then set it in a silver fillet and had Aldarion bind it about her forehead. Thus she became known throughout the land as Tar-Elestirnë.<ref name="Wife">{{UT|Wife}}</ref>
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Years later, Aldarion was forbidden to depart again, and the ladies of his family were not allowed to give him a bough of ''[[oiolairë]]'', a traditional blessing of the Númenóreans. Despite she did not like the harbor, she came to Aldarion's ship, bringing the bough. At that moment Aldarion began loving her, and when he returned, he gave her a diamond in gratitude. When their betrothal was announced, Aldarion offered his wife-to-be other jewels but she declared that she only wanted the one jewel. She then set it in a silver fillet and had Aldarion bind it about her forehead. Thus she became known throughout the land as Tar-Elestirnë.<ref name="Wife">{{UT|Wife}}</ref>
  
 
Erendis and Aldarion were betrothed in the spring of {{SA|858|n}}, but their engagement was extended by another voyage of Aldarion, so they married twelve years later.<ref name=Chronology>{{UT|4a}}, ''Chronology'', pp. 212-213</ref> Though Erendis resented it, Aldarion insisted on continuing with his voyages to [[Middle-earth]], causing a rift between the two. Erendis took their daughter [[Tar-Ancalimë|Ancalimë]] with her and went to live on her own on her farm. When Aldarion returned, he demanded to have his daughter returned to him, which Erendis did grudgingly, but her pride kept her from returning to the court.
 
Erendis and Aldarion were betrothed in the spring of {{SA|858|n}}, but their engagement was extended by another voyage of Aldarion, so they married twelve years later.<ref name=Chronology>{{UT|4a}}, ''Chronology'', pp. 212-213</ref> Though Erendis resented it, Aldarion insisted on continuing with his voyages to [[Middle-earth]], causing a rift between the two. Erendis took their daughter [[Tar-Ancalimë|Ancalimë]] with her and went to live on her own on her farm. When Aldarion returned, he demanded to have his daughter returned to him, which Erendis did grudgingly, but her pride kept her from returning to the court.
  
It is unclear how the [[Aldarion and Erendis|story of Aldarion and Erendis]] ended. In her old age, Erendis dwelt in Emerië. When she heard that Tar-Aldarion was returning from his last voyage, she journeyed incognito to the haven of [[Rómenna]]; there it is said she "perished in the water".<ref name="Wife"/>
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It is unclear how the [[Aldarion and Erendis|story of Aldarion and Erendis]] In her old age, Erendis dwelt in Emerië. When she heard that Tar-Aldarion was returning from his last voyage, she journeyed incognito to the haven of [[Rómenna]]; there it is said she "perished in the water".<ref name="Wife"/>
  
 
After Erendis, the wearing of a white jewel upon the brow became a tradition among the kings and queens of Númenor, who wore it instead of a crown.<ref>{{UT|4a}}, p. 215, note 18</ref> Later, in [[Middle-earth]], this tradition continued in [[Arnor]] with the wearing of the [[Elendilmir]], a star-like gem upon the brow.<ref>{{UT|Gladden}}, p. 284, note 32</ref>
 
After Erendis, the wearing of a white jewel upon the brow became a tradition among the kings and queens of Númenor, who wore it instead of a crown.<ref>{{UT|4a}}, p. 215, note 18</ref> Later, in [[Middle-earth]], this tradition continued in [[Arnor]] with the wearing of the [[Elendilmir]], a star-like gem upon the brow.<ref>{{UT|Gladden}}, p. 284, note 32</ref>
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She was widely known as '''''Tar-Elestirnë''''' ("Lady of the Star-brow"), given to her because of the white jewel in her forehead, that she wore until sorrow came.<ref name="Wife"/>{{rp|184}}
 
She was widely known as '''''Tar-Elestirnë''''' ("Lady of the Star-brow"), given to her because of the white jewel in her forehead, that she wore until sorrow came.<ref name="Wife"/>{{rp|184}}
  
In one occasion, [[Valandil (Lord of Andúnië)|Valandil]] called her ''Uinéniel'' ("Daughter of Uinen"), but she rejected such a name, proclaiming [[Uinen]] as her foe.<ref name="Wife"/>{{rp|182}}
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In one occasion, [[Valandil (Lord of Andúnië)|Valandil]] called her ''Uinéniel'' ("Daughter of Uinen"), but she rejected such name, proclaming [[Uinen]] as her foe.<ref name="Wife"/>{{rp|182}}
  
 
While in her youth she was called the '''Lady of the Westlands''',<ref name="Wife"/>{{rp|180}} in her remote dwelling, she was called the '''White Lady of Emerië'''.<ref name="Wife"/>{{rp|194}}
 
While in her youth she was called the '''Lady of the Westlands''',<ref name="Wife"/>{{rp|180}} in her remote dwelling, she was called the '''White Lady of Emerië'''.<ref name="Wife"/>{{rp|194}}

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