24 May 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 328: Seven Stars

Used by the Dwarves of Durin’s House and the Dúnedain of Gondor, the Seven Stars were a heraldic emblem: for the Dwarves, they represented the constellation known as the Sickle (the Plough or Big Dipper), while for the Númenoreans, the Seven originally represented the stars on the ships which bore the seven palantíri back from the drowned Númenor to Middle-earth. The Seven Stars later became part of the heraldry of Gondor; in combination with the White Tree and the Silver Crown, they represented the Line of Elendil.

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