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"In the South the realm of Gondor long endured; and for a while its splendour grew, recalling somewhat of the might of Númenor, ere it fell. High towers that people built, and strong places, and havens of many ships; and the winged crown of the Kings of Men was held in awe by folk of many tongues."

The Crown of Gondor, also called the winged crown, White Crown, Silver Crown and the crown of Elendil, was the ceremonial headgear of the Kings of Gondor, and was used as a symbol of the Kingship.

It is said that the original crown was a plain Númenórean war-helm. However a later crown replaced it, described as a tall, jeweled and winged helm, not unlike the helms of the Guards of the Citadel, but taller and all white, with wings resembling those of a sea-bird wrought of pearl and silver. Seven gems of adamant were set in the circlet. On its summit was a jewel, the light of which went up like a flame to represent Anarion.

The original crown of Gondor was said to be a plain Númenórean war-helm, the one worn by the Númenórean Kings in the Battle of Dagorlad; as Anárion's helm was crushed when he was killed, the war-helm of Isildur was used for the crowning of the Kings of Gondor.

In the days of Atanatar II Alcarin this was replaced by a jewelled helm.

Before replying to the challenge of the Witch-king, Eärnur put the Crown of Elendil lay in the lap of King Eärnil II in the houses of the dead and it remained there even after his loss, for nearly a thousand years.

On 1 May T.A. 3019 the rightful heir (Aragorn II Telcontar) came forward to receive the crown. The tradition had been for a new king to receive the crown from the hands of his father (or to obtain it from his father's tomb), but Faramir brought forth the casket with the ancient Crown and gave it to Aragorn. After chanting "Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta!" Aragorn surprised the crowd by returning the crown to Faramir. At his request, Frodo Baggins took the crown and bore it to Gandalf, who placed it on King Elessar's head with the blessing, "Now come the days of the King, and may they be blessed while the thrones of the Valar endure!"

In the year Fo.A. 120 Aragorn went to the House of the Kings to lay down his life. In that place he bade farewell to his son Eldarion and, following tradition, gave him the Crown of Gondor.

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