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Late First Age; known to have been alive between I 538 and I 5421
Probably a Man2


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One of the companions of Eärendil

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One of the three mariners who accompanied Eärendil and Elwing to Aman, the other two being Aerandir and Falathar.



These were the dates of Eärendil's final and successful voyage into the West. Erellont served as a mariner aboard Vingilot, so he must have been born at least some twenty years or so before that ship set out in I 538. After Eärendil's arrival in Aman, Erellont and his companions were returned to Middle-earth, and presumably lived for some time after I 542, but we know nothing of their lives after that date.


The Silmarillion tells us almost nothing about Erellont and his companions apart from their bare existence. Their Elvish names might be seen as a hint that they were Elves, but the fact that they did not dare set foot in Aman (and in older versions of the tale were sent back to Middle-earth) strongly suggests that they were Mortal Men.


The name Erellont is never explained, but given his profession as a mariner it very likely contains an element connected to Sindarin lhunt, meaning 'boat' or 'ship'. His name therefore possibly means 'lone ship' (so perhaps he gained it after his return as a reference to the fact that he sailed on Vingilot).

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