Fellowship of the Ring Question

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MelliotSandybanks
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Fellowship of the Ring Question

Post#1 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Can anybody tell me about the giant warrior statues along the river?

If you are talking about the statues by the Great River near the end of FoTR, they are of Isildor and Anarion.

Isildor
Elder son of Elendil, who with his father and brother Anarion escaped from the Drowning of Numenor and founded in Middle-earth the Numenorean realms in exile; lord of Minas Ithil; cut the Ring from Sauron's hand; slain by orcs in the Anduin when the Ring slipped from his finger.

Anarion
Younger son of Elendil, who with his father and his brother Isildur escaped from the Drowning of Numenor and founded in Middle-earth the Numenorean realms in exile, Lord of Minas Ano, slain in the siege of Barad-dur.
From the Index of the Silmarillion.

The statues were built by the numenoreans in Gondor at the mouth aof the Anduin. Check out the last chapter in the Silmarillion -The Rings of Power and the Third Age for more details. They are the ancestors of Aragorn and he is safe there.

If that is not what you are referring to, then I can't help you.

Am I correct are am I leading Kate astray? I hope not.

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rednell
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Post#2 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Welcome to the forum Kate, it is great to have you join us.
In answer to your question:
That would be the Argonath, the Pillars of the Kings that guarded the passage of the Great River Anduin They marked the ancient northern border of Gondor.
Maybe someone knows more about the history of Gondor and can offer more information.


Long have I desired to look upon the likenesses of Isildur and Anárion, my sires of old. Under their shadow Elessar, the Elfstone son of Arathorn of the House of Valandil Isildur’s son, heir of Elendil, has nought to dread.

:read:
This was said by Aragorn in the FOTR.

(Grondy cleaned up the junk numbers)

nn[Edited on 22/8/2002 by Grondmaster]

Kate
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Post#3 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Thanks for answering my question and welcoming me to the forum. For movie buffs out there -- do you know if these Pillars were created just for LOTR? I seem to remember something similar from an old movie (something like Jason's Quest for the Golden Fleece). Ring any bells with anybody?

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grondmaster
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Post#4 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Kate: Welcome to the forum. :)

I remember something like that, but not which movie. I also imagine that there is some historical basis for this type of setting, as I really doubt that old JRRT invented it. Probably somewhere in Greek, Egyptian, or Mesopotamian antiquity there were such statues at the gateway to the land, or possibly just in their literature. Anyway, it worked very well in the book and Peter Jackson's rendition mirrored my mind's eye vision of this magnificent and awesome portal. :cool:
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TomBombadillo
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Post#5 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

It looked :superwow: to me.

Hi there Kate! Welcome here indeed! Stroll around and join in the fun... :D
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Princess_Lùthien
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Post#6 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

:) Hey ther and welcome everyone who is new to this page!!

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Celebrian
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Post#7 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Hmm..I`m very confused..on wich hand ( and finger) does The Dark Lord wear his ring? I see that Elijah in the movie switces hand and finger ( if I`m not way off here)...Does anyone of you know?

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grondmaster
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Post#8 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

As Sauron hasn't had access to his ring or his ring finger since the end of the Second Age of Middle-earth, I think the question being asked is:
From which of Sauron's hands and fingers did Isildur remove The One Ring :question:
I do not know the answer to your question, Celebrian; and to preclude some wag writing, "From the hand that was missing the finger" or some such obvious thing, I will say, "Please don't." :P:

Does anyone really know the answer?
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PlasticSquirrel
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Post#9 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

The hand that was missing the .... oh right, sorry Grond. ;)

In the movie I think it was the ring finger of his left hand, though I could be wrong. And Sauron had a finger, according to Gollum anyway....
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Eryan
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Post#10 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Returning once more to the question of Argonath: JRTT did not invent them. A very similar pair of two giant statues of some Egyptian pharaoh are set somewhere at the Nile, at the entrance to the ancient Kingdom of Egypt.

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