Seeking the Wayward Children of Numenor - Suite101

"Of all the mythical or 'archetypal' images this is the one most deeply seated in my imagination, and for many years I had a recurrent Atlantis dream: the stupendous and ineluctable wave advancing from the Sea or over the land, sometimes dark, sometimes green and sunlit." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
How did Arnor and Gondor come to be, and what were the fundamental differences between the characters of the two realms? And what was the contribution of Numenor to their founding?

In his weekly Suite101 feature about Tolkien and Middle-earth, Michael Martinez discusses the origins of Arnor and Gondor, and explores the dynamics of Numenorean culture and how it laid the foundation for the two realms in exile.

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