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Downfall of NumenorVIEW IMAGE DETAIL
Downfall of Numenor. Original size: 620 x 455 mm
A scene by John Blanche from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Published in Tolkien Bestiary Mitchell, Beazley Publishers.
“The Second Age of the Sun was accounted the age of the Nύmenόreans: those Men who were descended from the Edain of the First Age and to whom the Valar had given Nύmenor, a land in the midst of the wide sea between Middle-earth and the Undying Lands.
The Nύmenόreans were granted a span of life far greater than ordinary Men, and through the centuries their strength and wealth increased and their navy sailed over all the seas of the mortal World. So great had their power become they dared to challenge Sauron the Dark Lord, and indeed took him in chains to their country. But by guile Sauron achieved what he could not by strength of arms. For Sauron falsely counselled the proud Nύmenόreans and corrupted them, and so the Nύmenόreans made war on the Valar in the Undying Lands. And, for this act, IIύvatar caused the fair land of Nύmenor to burst asunder. The mountains and cities fell; the sea arose in wrath and all Nύmenor collapsed into a watery abyss.
In that cataclysm also came the Change of the World. The Undying Lands were set beyond the Spheres of the mortal World and were forever beyond the reach of Men.”
Text: © Mitchell Beazley Publishers.
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