The Symbolic Meaning of Arwen’s Evenstar Necklace

ByThomas J. Pawlak

Sep 7, 2022

The Lord of the Rings is a franchise dominated by deadly quests filled with dragons, immensely powerful wizards, and terrifying locations filled with spiders. Yet the fate of Middle-earth hung in the balance because of a single missing jewel. In fact, Frodo’s secret mission to destroy Sauron’s ring was the premise of the entire franchise. However, for those unfamiliar with the lore behind the franchise, Sauron’s Ring wasn’t the only important piece of jewelry in The Lord of the Rings.

Besides the One Ring, there were 19 other rings of power, the Nauglamír, the Ring of Barahir, and the Star of Elendil. Of these, the Ring of Barahir was the only one to appear in The Lord of the Rings movie because Peter Jackson decided to focus on another piece of jewelry that belonged to Arwen. Here’s a look at Arwen’s Evenstar necklace and why it’s highly symbolic.

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What is Arwen’s Evenstar Necklace in The Lord of the Rings?

Jackson made some changes to Tolkien’s work, and one of them replaced Glorfindel with Arwen in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It was a way to give his character more screen time while accentuating his elven power to escape the Nazgûl. One of the other ways Jackson showcased Arwen was by gifting her a beautiful piece of jewelry that never existed in JRRTolkien’s trilogy — the Evenstar necklace.

Arwen wore the Evenstar at the start of The Fellowship of the Ring, but she gave it to Aragorn before he left with the Fellowship. Even though Elrond didn’t exactly approve, they were lovers, so when Arwen gave Aragorn her elven necklace, it represented her unending commitment and love. However, Arwen giving the Evenstar to Aragorn meant much more than an act of defiance against her father.

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What does Arwen’s necklace represent in The Lord of the Rings?

As an elf, Arwen was an immortal being, but Aragorn was not an elf – he was a mortal man. Nothing said that Elves and Men couldn’t marry (and it had happened before), but when the Man died, the Elf would be left to waste away in sadness. In fact, that’s why Elrond opposed their marriage – he knew Arwen would give up her immortality if she married Aragorn. Despite knowing this, Arwen still decided to marry the future King of Gondor. They spent 122 years together as Aragorn restored glory to Gondor and Arnor. But in the end, Elrond was right because Arwen died of a broken heart in the year 121 of the Third Age.

Despite the sad ending, Jackson probably drew inspiration for the Evenstar necklace from another piece of the Lord of the Rings jewelry called Elfstone. In the books, Galadriel gave the green gem set in an eagle brooch to Aragorn. However, the most important part of the Elfstone was its alternate name – Elessar. It was here that Aragorn earned the royal name of Elessar and represented his kingship. But in the grand scheme of things, the Elfstone was a relatively minor detail, which justified Jackson’s decision to replace it with something more meaningful, like Arwen’s Evenstar necklace.