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Dates
Sailed into the West I 525
Origins
Made by Tuor at the Mouths of Sirion
Pronunciation
ayarrah'meh
Meaning
'Sea-Wing'
Other names
Sea-Wing

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Eärrámë

The westward ship of Tuor

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A ship of great size built by Tuor in his old age, on which he journeyed from the Havens of Sirion across the Great Sea into the West, accompanied by Idril his wife. Neither Tuor nor Idril were ever seen again in Middle-earth, but it was said that Tuor had been accepted into Aman as one of the Firstborn, a fate never extended to any other of the race of Men.

The name Eärrámë means 'Sea-Wing', a somewhat curious combination of words that is explained by its literary origins. In the original form of the tale of Tuor, the name he gave his ship was Alqarámë, meaning 'Swan-wing', which evolved into Eärámë ('Eagle-pinion' or 'Eagle-wing') before direct references to birds were lost in the final form Eärrámë. These changes are described in the second Book of Lost Tales (volume 2 of The History of Middle-earth) which also gives us a single fact about the ship's appearance: that it had purple sails.


See also...

Eärendil, Tuor

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