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Standing Silence

A custom among the Gondorians

"...we look towards Númenor that was, and beyond to Elvenhome that is, and to that which is beyond Elvenhome and will ever be."
Faramir's explanation of the Standing Silence The Two Towers IV 5
The Window on the West

A tradition of the Dúnedain, at least of the South-kingdom,1 in which they would turn to the west and stand for a moment in silence before the beginning of a meal. The Standing Silence commemorated the lost land of Númenor, from whose people the Dúnedain of Middle-earth were descended, as well as the lands of the Elves beyond the Sea, and also the land of the Valar in the Uttermost West.


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It's unclear whether all the Dúnedain followed this custom; we only see it observed by the people of the South-kingdom, and it may therefore have been confined to the people of Gondor. There's no record of Aragorn or any of the Northern Dúnedain so much as mentioning the tradition, but this is hardly conclusive (the Gondorian Boromir never made reference to it, either, despite his long travels with the Fellowship).

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