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"Now the Captains of the West led their host towards the City, and folk saw them advance in line upon line, flashing and glinting in the sunrise and rippling like silver."
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King Elessar as depicted in the film: Return of the King


"But when Aragorn arose all that beheld him gazed in silence, for it seemed to them that he was revealed to them now for the first time. Tall as the sea-kings of old, he stood above all that were near; ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him."



The Crowning of King Elessar took place upon the field of Pelennor outside of the first wall of Minas Tirith. Around the gate was set up a vast forest of tents and campsites; people, soldiers, and nobles from all corners of Middle-earth were present at the ceremony. The coronation ceremony began with the ringing of a single trumpet, followed by a hushed silence from everyone in the crowd. Faramir, as the Steward of the Realm, met Aragorn in front of the gate and declared the Return of the King. The crown, usually placed on the head of the new king by his father ere he died, was as those of the citadel guard, except loftier, pure white, with wings of pearl and silver in the likeness of a seabird. On it were set seven gems of adamant, and at the crown of the helm was set a single jewel, "the light of which went up like a flame". Holding the crown aloft, Aragorn declared, "Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. In this place will I abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world." These were the first words uttered by Elendil upon his arrival from the sea. Aragorn, being unable to continue the crowning tradition, decided to have the ring-bearer carry the crown, and Mithrandir place it upon his head. Faramir cried, "Behold the King!", and Aragorn entered his city to the ringing of trumpets and the unfurling of the banner of the Tree and Stars from the topmost tower.

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