Captains of the Last Alliance: Elendil

In the year 3430 of the Second Age, the land of Gondor came under attack by the armies of Sauron of Mordor. In response, a coalition was formed between Elendil of the Dúnedain Kingdoms in Exile and Gil-galad of Lindon: the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Their armies met at the watch-tower of Amon Sûl, then marched to Imladris where they spent three years in preparation for the coming war. When all was made ready, the combined forces crossed the Misty Mountains and marched south through the Vales of Anduin, and their numbers were bolstered by elves from Lothlórien and the Woodland Realm. They were also joined by the Longbeards of Khazad-dûm, under the command of Durin IV. After defeating Sauron’s armies in battle upon the plain of Dagorlad, the armies of the Last Alliance breached the Black Gate and passed into Mordor, where they laid siege to Barad-dûr, the very stronghold of Sauron. For seven years the Free Peoples beleaguered the Dark Tower, but at last Sauron himself came forth and did battle. Though he was defeated and thrown down, that was a grim day, for many had died to win it, and the One Ring was not destroyed.

Elendil the Tall was the High King of the Dúnedain in Exile. He and his sons, Isildur and Anárion, had survived the terrible Downfall of Númenor and led the Elendili, the Faithful, to Middle-earth in nine mighty ships. With them they bore the palantíri and a seedling of the White Tree of Númenor. While crossing the Sea, a storm arose and the ships were scattered. Isildur and Anárion landed near the Mouths of Anduin, while Elendil landed far to the north, near Lindon. Thus, there were two Dúnedain kingdoms in exile, Arnor and Gondor; but Elendil, from his seat at Annúminas, was the High King of both realms. Elendil was said to be very fair to look upon and was extremely tall: two and-a-half rangar, or 2.41m (7’11”). A wise king and great warrior, Elendil is seen here arrayed for battle in panoply of silver and black, for black to the Men of Númenor was a colour of honour, representing the fair night before the Dark Lord came and filled it with fear. Elendil wears a long coat of mail reinforced with a strong steel breastplate intricately embellished pauldrons. His war-crown is a great helm featuring a motif of the wings of sea-birds in both black and silver. The wing motif in black and white is continued in his rich cloak. He cuts a truly majestic figure on the battlefield, particularly when he raises aloft his sword Narsil, which “shone with the light of the Sun and of the Moon”. Alas, though Elendil alongside Gil-galad did personal battle with Sauron, and threw him down in defeat, both kings were slain. As Elendil fell, Narsil broke beneath him. Though the day was won, it was at heavy cost. Isildur, the king’s heir, used the hilt-shard of Narsil to cut the One Ring from the hand of the fallen Sauron, but rather than destroy it, he chose to keep it as weregild for the deaths of his father and brother. He could not or would not see the events this decision would set in motion, culminating three thousand years later in the final struggle of the Free Peoples against Sauron.

This is the third and final outfit in a collection presenting portraits of the Captains of the Last Alliance: Gil-galad for the Elves and Elendil for the Men, as well as Durin IV for the Dwarves who assisted them. This outfit could be seen as an update or upgrade of one of the outfits I featured in the earlier days of this blog: Captain of Gondor. I’ve been looking forward to using the leggings featued in this outfit for a long time. I think they create a really nice-looking representation of a long coat of mail when paired with a plain mail chest piece or breastplate. In fact, the leggings have a slight “bloodstained” effect that matches very nicely with the slightly blood-tinted colour on portions of the breastplate. I hope that overall, this outfit presents a suitably regal interpretation of a truly heroic and epic character from Tolkien’s stories!

  • Head: Tarchar (bartered — Ost Galadh Malledhrim rewards vendor/Malledhrim reputation), black
  • Shoulders: Ceremonial Doom-hunter’s Shoulders (bartered — skirmish camps cosmetics quartermaster/Rift cosmetic clothing – medium), black
  • Back: Swan-cloak (purchased — LOTRO Store), black
  • Chest: Chainmail Breastplate (purchased — Esteldín heavy armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), black
  • Hands: Barnavon Hunter’s Cured Gauntlets (quest reward — Dunland [71] A World of Trouble), black
  • Legs: Lesser Banner of the West Leggings (bartered — Harndirion novices quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Captain armour), black
  • Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Gloom-bane (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Rift cosmetic clothing – heavy), default
  • Weapon: Claymore (looted — world drop/level 13)

Tips: There are several world drop helms that have the same appearance as the one used in this outfit; often they are called Helm of Rallying and they seem to drop in level 55+ zones. The gloves in this outfit have the same appearance as a wide variety of medium armour quest rewards from Dunland.

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12 Responses to Captains of the Last Alliance: Elendil

  1. Ivy says:

    Yes, you did him justice.

  2. C.T. says:

    Be needing that dinghy after all Starry, I’m still here. Reason being that this entry blew me 360° round the globe.

    I must admit my palm went halfway to my face at the choice of helm (at the rate it’s being used for, it’s only a matter of time before Turbine sticks it into the store as “Númenórean War-helm” or summat), but that’s kind of a moot point because everything else about this getup struck the right chords. I especially admire the leggings, and your eye for the ingrained blood tint on it and the breastplate (which I have used myself on occasion). Excellent choice of a Narsil prop as well: this does more justice to that fabled blade than Turbine’s unutterably bland Andúril.

    May I get a citation on that line about the significance of the color black to the Númenóreans, though? I don’t recall it in any of my Tolkien materials.

    Thank you for another faithful and meticulous tribute to the majesty of the Kings of Men. Will we ever see a Kin-strife or Land of the Star collection?

    • Woohoo, corking up the leaks and setting out! 😛

      A citation on the black, absolutely. This is from “Tal-Elmar” in The Peoples of Middle-earth (HoME vol. 12), the bit where Tal-Elmar meets the Númenóreans and asks them about their one ship that had black sails as opposed to the other three, which had white sails. He thinks the black-sailed ships are the ones that collect slaves and sacrificial victims. The full line is (the Númenórean is speaking): “But why do you speak so of the black sails? The black sails are to us a sign of honour, for they are the fair night before the coming of the Enemy, and upon the black are set the silver stars of Elbereth.”

      The passage very much reminded me of the bit The Fellowship of the Ring where Bombadil tells the hobbits that he “knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless — before the Dark Lord came from Outside”, as well as the in The Silmarillion where Morgoth’s perversion of nighttime is described: “And darkness he used most in his evil works upon Arda, and filled it with fear for all living things”. The Silmarillion passage seems to confirm that “the Enemy” in the Tal-Elmar passage and “the Dark Lord” in the Bombadil passage both refer to Morgoth rather than Sauron and both passages seem thematically related, so I kind of combined them in my text (and dropped the silver stars reference, since the post was getting long — as is this comment, apologies!).

      To get to the point, thank you and really glad you liked it, CT! 🙂

  3. Iaksones says:

    Nicely designed Elendil! LIke you I’m most enjoying the pairing of the chest and leggings.

  4. Awesome combination of pieces as they’re all from such different parts of Middle Earth. Very audacious design and the helmet is indeed impressive, it really stands out. Very nice portrait again.

    • Thanks Hymne! I’m quite happy with the way this one turned out, especially given the level of grind involved in getting those legs. Let’s just say there aren’t a lot of people running the OD cluster these days! 😉

  5. Baranwen says:

    Thank you for this splendid serie. Great job! And you’ve made a nice approach with the helmet-masks.

  6. This is a nice outfit:) I really like the chest, I haven’t noticed it before, although I feel like I’ve checked every vendor everywhere:P

  7. Laenlis says:

    Yep, you did him justice. 😉

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