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This is an old revision of WesternesseShrines made by SampsaRydman on 2009-11-10 21:42:39.

 

Seven Shrines of Westernesse

  1. Hallow of Mount Mindolluin at the summit of the mountain, where only the Kings of Gondor and their elected followers could go.
  2. Amon Anwar, the spiritual centre of Gondor. Here Isildur buried his fathers bones and then called the protection of the Valar upon that hilltop, and they granted it. Isildur swore all those present to secrecy and forbade anyone save an Heir of Elendil from disturbing it.
  3. White Tree of Minas Anor, planted by Isildur in memory of his slain brother. King Tar-Palantir of Númenor once prophesied that the life of the White Tree was tied with the lines of the Kings; should it die, then the lines of the Kings would in turn die out.
  4. Black Stone of Erech, also known Stone of Loyalty. A great black stone, spherical in shape and some twelve or more feet in diameter. It was half-buried at the top of the Hill of Erech at the mouth of the Blackroot Vale. The Stone is a mysterious and eerie place, shunned by the people of the valley, who claimed it had fallen from the sky, and was haunted by restless spirits. In fact, the Stone had its origins in Númenor, and was brought to Erech after the Downfall by Isildur himself. It was at the Stone of Erech that the King of the Mountains swore allegiance to Isildur's cause in the time of the Last Alliance. When war came, though, he failed to fulfil his oath, and Isildur cursed the King and his people to wander the hills until they made good their promise.
  5. Stone of Sorrows upon the slopes of Mount Doom, marking the place where Elendil and Gil-galad were slain and Sauron was finally vanquished.
  6. Well of Ulmo, a sacred grotto under Pelargir where the first Faithful convened. Originally the shrine contained a relic of Númenor: Karma (helmet) of Aldarion, founder of the Númenórean Guild of Venturers (the Uinendili), until it was stolen and carried to the Southlands by renegades Herumor and Fuinur.
  7. a Tarma Tar-Calion in Umbar, the great tower and stone where Sauron was first forced to yield to king Ar-Pharazôn. Not all Dúnedain count it among the Relics of Westernesse, as the memory of Ar-Pharazôn is tainted by the Downfall of Númenor).
  8. b Tol Morwen, an island that stood off the coasts of Middle-earth after the drowning of Beleriand at the end of the First Age. It is the site of the Stone of the Hapless. Túrin's grave-mound stood above the ravines and rapids of Teiglin, and later his mother Morwen Eledhwen was also buried in the same place by Húrin. Above the mound was a marker stone, which also commemorated Túrin's sister Niënor who had died in the waters below. Glirhuin the Seer made a song about the grave of Húrin's family, and the Stone of the Hapless that marked it. Glirhuin claimed that the stone would stand even if the sea should flood the lands about. After the War of Wrath, the land was broken and the western ocean did indeed rush into those regions, but Glirhuin's prophecy proved true. The Stone of the Hapless remained above the waves as an island, and became known as Tol Morwen, 'Morwen's Isle'.

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