Discussing: Travel between Middle-earth and Numenor
Travel between Middle-earth and Numenor
22 Oct 03 11:38 AM
Between the founding of Numenor and the year 600 of the second age, when the Numenorians first sailed back to Middle-earth, is there good reason to believe that there was or was not travel from Middle-earth to Numenor?
In other words, did (or could) the elves of Middle-earth (Cirdan and company) go back to Numenor after first dropping off the Edain?
Between the Silmarillion and the Unfinished Tales, we know that Cirdan and his elves sailed Elros and his people to Numenor; that the Valar calmed the seas and the Star of Earendil lit their way, visible even in the daylight. We also know that the elves of Middle-earth could sail west to Tol Eressea at any time. Did they need guidance on this journey as well? Were Valinor and Numenor more or less hidden to them?
The journey apparently took a long time, but is that the only hindrance to them going? The Sil does say that the Numenorians built the greatest sea-faring nation - and they clearly learned to make the journey back and forth. Any reason Cirdan and co. could not have?
Thank you. Facts and speculation welcome.
Re: Travel between Middle-earth and Numenor
24 Oct 03 10:16 PM
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