[quote:c070b5f221]They needed directions to get to the Palace? Like MapQuest or something? Elves go there automatically after death. Unless they have a specific reason not to, plus a place elsewhere they can inhabit.[/quote:c070b5f221]
No not directions...but direction. As he stated in the book, their whole long lives, they never did anything on their own, so they still needed to be guided, they still needed direction they needed to be told what to do. They still needed someone to tell them what they should be doing with their power, lives or whatever. And since he was so connected to him when he was guiding them around the great egg, they chose him as their mountain, to give them direction or guidance until they came so close to the palace they could resist the call no longer and then hurtled rayek and themselves into the palace.