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Feb. 11th, 2005 07:34 am
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Elfstone

Then [Galadriel] lifted from her lap a great stone of a clear green, set in a silver brooch that was wrought in the likeness of an eagle with outspread wings . . . 'This stone I gave to Celebrían my daughter, and she to hers; and now it comes to you as a token of hope. In this hour take the name that was foretold for you, Elessar, the Elfstone of the house of Elendil!'"
The Fellowship of the Ring, Farewell to Lórien

"At the doors of the Houses many were already gathered to see Aragorn . . . and . . . men came and prayed that he would heal their kinsmen or their friends whose lives were in peril through hurt or wound . . . And Aragorn arose and went out, and he sent for the sons of Elrond, and together they laboured far into the night. And word went through the City: 'The King is come again indeed.' And they named him Elfstone, because of the green stone that he wore, and so the name which it was foretold at his birth that he should bear was chosen for him by his own people."
The Return of the King, The Houses of Healing



There's no bookverse Elessar or Elfstone brooch in the films. Arwen's evenstar necklace that she gave Aragorn in Rivendell seems to function as substitute for the Elessar as a token of their betrothal. Like the Elessar, it is a gift from the bride or her family to the groom, but there is no movie equivalent of the gift of the Ring of Barahir from the groom to the bride, as in the book. The evenstar necklace perhaps was inspired by the necklace which Arwen gives Frodo for comfort and as symbol of her request that he be allowed to take her place in the Havens.

"But the Queen Arwen said: 'A gift I will give you. For I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him now when he departs to the Havens; for mine is the choice of Lúthien, and as she so have I chosen, both the sweet and the bitter. But in my stead you shall go, Ring-bearer, when the time comes, and if you then desire it. . . . But wear this now in memory of Elfstone and Evenstar with whom your life has been woven!'
And she took a white gem like a star that lay upon her breast hanging upon a silver chain, and she set the chain about Frodo's neck. 'When the memory of the fear and the darkness troubles you,' she said, 'this will bring you aid.'"
The Return of the King, Many Partings

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