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The ship of Eärendil

"But so bright was Rothinzil that even at morning Men could see it glimmering in the West..."

The Adûnaic name for Vingilot, the ship in which Eärendil sailed to Valinor, and in which he later sailed the pathways of the sky. By extension, it was also used by the Númenóreans to refer to the brilliant Star of Eärendil in the sky, as in the reference above.

The name Rothinzil is an exact translation of the Elvish Vingilot, with both words meaning 'Foam-flower'. The Adûnaic word inzil, 'flower', is seen in various other names besides this one, include Inziladûn and Inzilbêth.

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