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The Star of High Hope

Some time after Eärendil and Elwing had departed across the Sea, those in Middle-earth witnessed the rising of a new and brilliant star in the West. This was the Silmaril that Eärendil wore on his brow, carried aloft in his ship Vingilot. In Middle-earth, it was taken as a sign that the Valar had not forsaken the Outer Lands, and so it was named Gil-Estel, which means 'Star of High Hope'. That hope was fulfilled soon after, when the armies of the Valar came against Morgoth in Angband, and utterly overthrew him in the War of Wrath.

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