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Ar-Adûnakhôr

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Ar-Adûnakhôr (Second Age 2709 – 2962, aged 253 years), born Herunúmen, was the twentieth King of Númenor, ruling for 63 years, from Second Age 2899 until his death.

When Herunúmen became King, he refused to accept his Quenya name and always ruled under the Adûnaic Ar-Adûnakhôr. While his immediate forefathers had changed their names from Quenya to Adûnaic, they had always taken up the Sceptre under a Quenya name. Ar-Adûnakhôr, however, did away with that tradition, spurning the Elves and the Valar. He banned the speaking and teaching of Quenya throughout his Kingdom. Though ships still arrived from Tol Eressëa in the West, they only did so in secret.

Adûnakhôr means "Lord of the West", the same honorarium of Manwë, King of the Valar. This was very presumptuous and correctly seen as a direct challenge to the Valar.

Had Ar-Adûnakhôr taken a Quenya name, he would have ruled as Tar-Herunúmen.

Ar-Adûnakhôr is Adûnaic for 'Lord of the West' (adûn = 'west')

Preceded by:
Ar-Abattârik
20th King of Númenor
II 2899 – 2962
Followed by:
Ar-Zimrathôn