Things of Middle-earth
Type: Gems & Jewelry
Other Names: Starmoon
An early name, later discarded, was thilevril.
Description:The Moon now shone upon the grey face of the rock; but they could see nothing else for a while. Then slowly on the surface, where the wizard's hands had passed, faint lines appeared, like slender veins of silver running in the stone. At first they were no more than pale gossamer-threads, so fine that they only twinkled fitfully where the Moon caught them, but steadily they grew broader and clearer, until their design could be guessed.
'... the Star of the House of Fëanor,' said Gandalf. 'They are wrought of ithildin that mirrors only starlight and moonlight, and sleeps until it is touched by one who speaks words now long forgotten in Middle-earth.'
'The Elves dearly loved it [mithril], and among many uses they made of it ithildin, starmoon, which you saw upon the doors.'
FotR, Book II, Ch4, A Journey in the Dark
Contributors: Lyllyn 2.12.04; added Other Name: Elena Tiriel 14Aug04