User:Turiannerevarine/Lineage of Elessar (document)
The following is an extract taken from a document discovered in a recent archeological dig conducted in Northern England. The document stunned archeologists by being found in a small cache and being relatively well preserved. What was previously thought to be ruins of ancient Britons is now believed to be the remains of Fornost, radically changing the understanding of ancient British history. Translation from the ancient runic script has been difficult, but recent discoveries in other areas combined with the rediscovery of the fabled Red Book of Westmarch has enabled scholars to begin translating the document along with others found in the same cache.
This particular document is part of a series by a currently anonymous scholar. It seems to have been compiled in the later days of the Realm of Arnor, several generations after the passing of one King Elessar, sometimes also referred to as Aragorn. How or why the document has remained so well preserved is a mystery currently under investigation. Further excerpts from the document will be provided to the public as more is made available.
The current king, Constantine II, has seen fit to have us compile what lineage we can into one document that can more easily survive. The legions of Rûm grow weaker of late, and the day soon may come when we must look to our own defense. Yet by the grace of Illuvatar, we remain unconquered.
It is important for the reader to remember that King Elessar's lineage includes members of the royal family of the Noldor. While the Elves have long since passed away over the Sea, their legacy remains strong upon Middle-earth and will continue to do so as long as the Elf-friends remain.
The Valar brought the first king in the line of Elessar, one Finwë, to Valinor during the Years of the Trees. Finwë may have been among the first of the elves to awaken at Cuivienen, but unfortunately this fact is unable to be confirmed. Regardless, he was the king of the Elves who became known as the Noldor. Finwë had three sons, all of whom would go onto play major parts in the history of the Elves. Yet two of them are immediately relevant to our purposes. Fingolfin and Finarfin would both be in the lineage of our king through their progeny. The third son, Fëanor, would not be high king, yet his legacy is intertwined with that of his brothers. Finwë ruled for many years, but was slain by the Enemy in his bid to steal the Silmarils. It has been said that he remains still in the halls of Mandos.
Fingolfin himself would have two sons, Fingon and Turgon. Fingolfin received the high kingship following the death of Fëanor at the hands of the Balrogs. He would rule for hundreds of years during the Long Peace of Beleriand until the Dagor Brollach, where his seige against the dark power was broken. Driven mad by this, Fingolfin bravely challenged the Dark Lord himself in a mortal contest. Fingolfin was slain, though not before inflicting seven mighty wounds upon Morgoth and causing him to halt of foot forever with his dying stroke. Fingolfin's body was lifted away from Morgoth's fury by Thorondor the Eagle and laid to rest in Gondolin. Sadly, his cairn, along with the rest of the city, was lost beneath the waves after the War of Wrath.
Upon the death of Fingon in the Fifth Battle, Turgon became high king of the Noldor. The exploits and bravery of Fingon are chronicled in the *Quenta Silmarillion*, along with the valor shown by Turgon in the Fifth Battle. Turgon would rule the Noldor for a relatively brief time before his ruin came in the Fall of Gondolin. Yet he was survived by a daughter, Idril. Idril would marry the Man, Tuor, who had come to Gondolin seven years before hand. They would both later become the parents of Earendil. Through this way, the legacy of Turgon and Fingolfin would continue and enter into the race of Men.
Following the death of Turgon, the high-kingship of the Noldor passed to one Gil-galad. Much more could be said regarding him, but seeing as this is beyond the scope of this chronicle, the curious are advised to instead seek out the *Quenta Silmarillion* as well as the early chapters of the Red Book of West March. Finally, some information may be gleaned in the story of Erendis and Aldarion, as well as the history of Celeborn and Galadriel.
Thingol and Melian
Two other figures from this time, Thingol and Melian, would also enter into the lineage of the Kings of the Edain. Thingol was alone among the Sindarin as blessed with seeing the light of Aman. He would meet the Maia, Melian, upon his return to Middle-earth. There he and she would remain unseen by all other eyes for years, even after Thingol's kin passed away. They would both go on to form the realm of Doriath, protected from the forces of Morgoth with the powerful Girtle of Melian. They would also have one child, Luthien, who would later go on to be the mother of Dior and through him the grandmother of Elwing, wife of Earendil and mother of Elros, first king of Numenor.
Thingol himself would be slain in his own caves. The reasons for this are unclear. Elves attested that Dwarven smiths hired by Thingol grew greedy and slew him in an attempt to steal his many treasures. Dwarves would maintain that Thingol instead withheld rightful payment. Other sources claim more radical versions. The truth will likely remain lost to history. Regardless, the death of Thingol caused Melian to leave Middle-earth for Valinor, where she remains to this day. Sadly, it would seem that the Maiar no longer come among us openly. It is a tragedy, as they would be able to complete much history that will likely remain forever beyond us.