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Being lies with Eru - Rank 1
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The Northern Sceptre?

I've had this question for a while now, and it's puzzled me a bit. When reading the appendixes of the LOTR, in appendix B it mentions the "Northern Sceptre" under the date of S.R 1427. What exactly is the Northern Sceptre? Is it an actual object, or is it a reference to the Northern Kingdom like referencing "The Crown" with Great Britain?

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Lord Elrond of Rivendell - Rank 9
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It is an actual object ~ kept by Elrond until Aragorn returns to Gondor ... sent with the banner of Seven stars and a white tree...
It was called "Sceptre of Annuminas" ... it was a silver rod ...


-- Edited by Bear on Tuesday 31st of August 2010 02:02:18 AM

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Thorin Oakenshield - Rank 6
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Aye, to quote the passage:

"Here is the ring of Barahir," he said, "the token of our kinship from afar; and here also are the shards of Narsil. With these you may yet do great deeds; for I foretell that the span of your life shall be greater than the measure of Men, unless evil befalls you or you fail at the test. But the test will be hard and long. The Sceptre of Annúminas I withhold, for you have yet to earn it."

Quite a royal gift, by all accounts. I can't recall if it was a copy of the Sceptre in Numenor or whether it actually was that Sceptre, anyone know?

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Be wary of the S.R. reference; it means (S)hire (R)eckoning, and they (meaning Hobbits) start their accounts differently than the Big Folk! 



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I am not worried about Shire Reckoning. I wanna know if there is a picture somewhere in the books, even History of Middle-earth books would be alright now. I am slowly but surely re-acquiring my books back.

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Tower Guard of Minas Tirith - Rank 4
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ArwenLegolas- I dont ever remember seeing a picture of it in any books i've ever seen. im definatly going to go over a few again though and i'll if one comes up.

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ArwenLegolas- I dont ever remember seeing a picture of it in any books i've ever seen. im definatly going to go over a few again though and i'll if one comes up.

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