Earendil was the only person of an alien race allowed to step foot in Aman.
Were Frodo and Bilbo granted a similar fate such as Earendil's? Manwe and the council passed their judgement on the 2 and gave them the grace to pass?
...there always seem to be exceptions): and so certain 'mortals', who have played some great part in Elvish affairs, may pass with the Elves to Elvenhome. Thus Frodo (by the express gift of Arwen) and Bilbo, and eventually Sam (as adumbrated by Frodo); and as a unique exception Gimli the Dwarf, as friend of Legolas and 'servant' of Galadriel.
I have said nothing about it in this book, but the mythical idea underlying is that for mortals, since their 'kind' cannot be changed for ever, this is strictly only a temporary reward; a healing and redress of suffering. They cannot abide for ever, and though they cannot return to mortal earth, they can and will 'die' - of free will, and leave the world.
Frodo was sent or allowed to pass over Sea to heal him - if that could be done, before he died. He would have eventually to 'pass away': no mortal could, or can, abide for ever on earth, or within Time....
... Bilbo went too. No doubt as a completion of the plan due to Gandalf himself. Gandalf had a very great affection for Bilbo, from the hobbit's childhood onwards. His companionship was really necessary for Frodo's sake - it is difficult to imagine a hobbit, even one who had been through Frodo's experiences, being really happy even in an earthly paradise without a companion of his own kind, and Bilbo was the person that Frodo most loved.... But he also needed and deserved the favour on his own account. He bore still the mark of the Ring that needed to be finally erased...
Elvenhome is the part of Aman where the elves lives. Earendil may have been the first, but he was followed by three hobbits and a dwarf. :)...there always seem to be exceptions): and so certain 'mortals', who have played some great part in Elvish affairs, may pass with the Elves to Elvenhome.
And tales and rumours arose along the shores of the sea concerning mariners and men forlorn upon the water who, by some fate or grace or favour of the Valar, had entered in upon the Straight Way and seen the face of the world sink below them, and so had come to the lamplit quays of Avallone, or verily to the last beaches on the margin of Aman, and there had looked upon the White Mountain, dreadful and beautiful, before they died.
The Valar would never allow mortals into Valinor without a proper reason. Eärendil was a good reason. Pizza delivery, also.
Elvenhome is the part of Aman where the elves lives. Earendil may have been the first, but he was followed by three hobbits and a dwarf.
To me it are tales, probably originated by those two lads who were sent back by Eärendil. Every time a sailor's ship sunk and the sailor never returned to his happy family, it was said that "he made it to Valinor" instead of "the old fool drowned". Sounds more romantic.Does this mean that any who got that far died almost as soon as reaching there or did they live out their lives amongst elves? Was it merely a myth told by those living on the shores of the sea or did other mortals travel the Straight Road before Frodo and company?
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