Númenóreans stop offering the first fruits to Eru (estimated date)
Event Type: Cultural/Social
Age: 2nd Age - Rings
Thus the bliss of Westernesse became diminished; but still its might and splendour increased. For the kings and their people had not yet abandoned wisdom, and if they loved the Valar no longer at least they still feared them. They did not dare openly to break the Ban ... But the fear of death grew ever darker upon them, and they delayed it by all means that they could; and they began to build great houses for their dead, while their wise men laboured unceasingly to discover... the secret of recalling life.... Yet they achieved only the art of preserving incorrupt the dead flesh of Men, and they filled all the land with silent tombs in which the thought of death was enshrined in the darkness. But those that lived turned the more eagerly to pleasure and revelry, desiring ever more goods and more riches; and after the days of Tar-Ancalimon the offering of the first fruits to Eru was neglected, and men went seldom any more to the Hallow upon the heights of Meneltarma....
The Silmarillion, Akallabêth
[Note: the date is an estimate, set to follow the death of Tar-Ancalimon.]
Elena Tiriel 13Nov05