Suite101: Have Island, Will Rebel - Did Numenorean society follow an inevitable path toward division?

"The extension of royal power into the Numenorean circles of Middle-earth may have alarmed some families. Perhaps this is why Sauron was able to ensnare several Numenorean lords with Rings of Power."
In this week's Suite101 article, Michael Martinez examines the roots of Numenorean politcal power and the connections between that power and the economic forces of the Numenorean civilization.

Here is a short excerpt:

Numenor must have seemed a very strange place compared to Middle-earth. The first people to dwell there were Men, not Elves or Dwarves. And there were no Dwarves, or Hobbits, and few Elves (who may have actually "lived" in the huge garden-region of Nisimaldar that they helped to cultivate) for any length of time. Numenor was for all intents and purposes a "Mannish" state and society.

Of course, Tolkien says the Eldar of Tol Eressea visited the island almost from the very start, and the Elves taught the Dunedain many things. What things? Why didn't the Eldar teach the Edain all these neat ideas during the 140 or so years of relative peace that the Edain enjoyed in Beleriand before the Dagor Bragollach?

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