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Hirilondë was a ship built and used by Aldarion. People who wondered at its great size called it Turuphanto, the "Wooden Whale".[1]

HistoryEdit

Aldarion used Hirilondë to set sail from Rómenna. It sailed, but travelled without the blessing of the King of Númenor Tar-Meneldur. Though it was customary for the female relative of the captain to set the Green Bough of Return, Erendis, Aldarion's wife, did not send anything. In her stead, the wife of Aldarion's captain did the custom.[1]

After Aldarion became King in SA 883, he wished to revisit Middle-earth and he sailed on Hirilondë for Mithlond. Again, no bough was set on the ship's prow, but there was an image of an eagle with golden beak and jeweled eyes: a gift from Círdan.[2]

EtymologyEdit

The name Hirilondë is Quenya which means "Haven-finder", from londë ("haven").[1][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, II: "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  2. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, II: "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", Further Course of the Narrative
  3. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names

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