Things of Middle-earth
Heirlooms of the Heirs of Isildur
Heirlooms of Arnor
Heirlooms of the Dúnedain
Heirlooms of the House of Isildur
Description:After Arvedui the North-kingdom ended.... Yet the line of the kings was continued by the Chieftains of the Dúnedain, of whom Aranarth son of Arvedui was the first. Arahael his son was fostered in Rivendell, and so were all the sons of the chieftains after him; and there also were kept the heirlooms of their house: the ring of Barahir, the shards of Narsil, the star of Elendil, and the sceptre of Annúminas.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur
'But when Estel was only twenty years of age, it chanced that he returned to Rivendell ... That day ... Elrond called him by his true name, and told him who he was and whose son; and he delivered to him the heirlooms of his house.
'"Here is the ring of Barahir," he said, "the token of our kinship from afar; and here also are the shards of Narsil. With these you may yet do great deeds; for I foretell that the span of your life shall be greater than the measure of Men, unless evil befalls you or you fail at the test. But the test will be hard and long. The Sceptre of Annúminas I withhold, for you have yet to earn it."'
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Here Follows a Part of The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen
... Elrond had in his keeping the heirlooms of the Dúnedain, chief of which were the shards of the sword of Elendil who came to Middle-earth out of Númenor at its downfall.
The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 9, The Making of Appendix A: The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen
Contributors: Elena Tiriel 2Dec04, 19Dec04