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'Gil Galad'

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Published: April 30, 2007
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Gil-galad was an Elven-king.
Of him the harpers sadly sing:
The last whose realm was fair and free
Between the mountains and the sea.

His sword was long, his lance was keen.
His shining helm afar was seen.
The countless stars of heaven's field
Were mirrored in his silver shield.

But long ago he rode away,
And where he dwelleth none can say.
For into darkness fell his star;
In Mordor, where the shadows are.

Gil-galad was the High King of the Noldor in Middle-earth during the Second Age. He welcomed the mariners of Numenor who came to the shores of Middle-earth, and he befriended Elendil who escaped the destruction of Numenor. Gil-galad and Elendil formed the Last Alliance of Elves and Men to oppose Sauron, and together they defeated him though it cost them their lives.
Gil-galad was the son of Fingon. He was born in Middle-earth in the mid-400s of the First Age. The name he was given at birth was Ereinion, but he came to be called Gil-galad, "Star of Radiance." Gil-galad lived at first with his family in Hithlum in northern Beleriand. Gil-galad's grandfather Fingolfin was the High King of the Noldor in Middle-earth.

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