Thread: Cirdan what?
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Old 02-21-2003, 06:15 AM   #5
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Cirdan was a relative of Olwe, so he was clearly of the third clan, the Lindar or Teleri. When Elwe was lost he was one of the Elves that searched form him in vain and in that way missed the island-ferry. He had been ever the foremost of the elves in the craft of building ships and desired greatly to come to Valinor. so when he came late to the shore and saw the ferry fare of in the see, he cried that he would build a ship to follow. But than he received a message from the Valar in his mind (Ulmo may be) that commanded him to stay and to practise his craft for years, because his vessels as yet wouldn't stand the difficult journey, and in the end his craft would be of the uttermost importance for the elves, when with his help could a important messenger reach Valinor. He accepted the task and from that time on had a deeper inside into the future than any body else in Middle-Earth.

He became the Lord of Falathrim which were Elves that had desired the journey and missing the ferry, settled down at the cost and build havens and ships. They were more friendly to the Noldor but they were Sindar, because when Thingol appeared out of Nan Elmoth he claimed to be King of all Elves in Beleriand, which were all of Telerin origin. Cirdan certainly accepted that claim. But he lived some what apart from Thingol and had a large following so Thingol was in a position of an Overlord to him. After the first battle with Morgoth Cirdan and Thingol were separated by a great host of foes and later by desolated lands and a realm of the Noldor.
When the havens of the Falas were destroyed Cirdan fled to the isle of Balar and build their the last refuge for the survivors of the war. The People that gathered there were of mixed origin: Sindar, Noldor, Nandor, Men of the three houses.

When Earendil made his journey he had build the ship with the help of Cirdan. And thus Cirdans tasked was done. But still he stayed in Middle-Earth providing the ships for the other elves that would like to set sail.

With all the elves of Balar that wouldn't jet part from Middle-Earth and were willing to live together in such a mixed community he removed his abbot to Lindon and build there the Haven of Mithlond. Lindon was in no way a purely Noldorin realm. The number of Noldor might be even less than that of the Sindar in that country.

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