The Silmarillion Recap: Tuor + Idril = Earendil

Better late than never. What a week! But I’m back!

Want to catch up on The Silmarillion so far? Check out the Silmarillion Recaps page here.

Last time, Tuor arrived in Gondolin with a warning straight from Ulmo (one of the Valar), but Turgon — King of Gondolin, the secret Elven kingdom — didn’t listen. This week, the last words of Tuor’s father come true.

Quenta Silmarillion Chapter 23 part 3

When Tuor originally arrived in Gondolin, it was to deliver a message. It’s time for the Elves there to evacuate for the safety of the Sea. After all, Morgoth is coming. However, their king, Turgon, decides not to listen, thanks in part to his not-so-great, almost-certainly-evil nephew, Maeglin. And while Tuor’s purpose for coming to Gondolin is finished, he sticks around. Like his father, Huor, he loves to learn from the Elves, and the Elves love him.

Especially Idril, King Turgon’s daughter.

But there’s one Elf who doesn’t love him. Maeglin. Back when Tuor’s father and uncle (Huor and Hurin) were there, Maeglin hated them, but he seemingly hates Tuor even more. Why? Well, Maeglin had always wanted his cousin Idril, not so much because he was in love with her but because she is the sole heir to Turgon’s kingdom of Gondlin. Obviously, since they are such close relations, such a match would never be accepted, leaving Maeglin to brood his heart out.

After seven years, Tuor and Idril get hitched. Turgon may have had his reservations about his immortal daughter marrying a mortal man, but he knows that Tuor is special. Somehow, he’s already connected to the Noldor’s fate. The last words for his father Huor probably help too. During the Battle of Unnumbered Tears, Hurin and Huor held a bridge, allowing Turgon and his armies to escape. Before Turgon left, though, Huor had one last thing to say to his old friend:

Yet if it stands but a little while, then out of your house shall come the hope of Elves and Men. This I say to you, lord, with the eyes of death: though we part here for ever, and I shall not look on your white walls again, from you and from me a new star shall arise. Farewell! (231)

An amazing feast in honor of the new couple follows, and everyone loves Tuor even more. Except for Maeglin who hates him more than ever.

And soon after, Tuor and Idril have a son. Earendil Halfelven. A name that will show up often from here on out. He’s a mix of the best qualities of Elves and Men: beautiful and wise, but also strong and hardy. And, like his father, he feels a special love for the Sea.

Next week, the secret kingdom of Gondolin isn’t so secret anymore….

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