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}}'''Ciryatur''' was the leader of the fleet sent by the [[Númenóreans]] to aid the [[Elves]] of [[Middle-earth]] in the [[Second Age]]. During the [[War of the Elves and Sauron]], the [[Dark Lord]]'s forces overran the lands of Eriador, and Sauron threatened to conquer all of [[Middle-earth]]. [[High King of the Noldor|High King]] [[Gil-galad]] appealed to [[Númenor]] for help, and [[Tar-Minastir]] responded by sending Ciryatur and his armies.  
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'''Ciryatur''' was the commander of the [[Númenóreans|Númenórean]] fleet sent to aid [[Gil-galad]] in the [[War of the Elves and Sauron]].  In {{SA|1700}}, Gil-galad’s [[Elves]] had been beaten back to the River [[Lhûn]] and Sauron had more forces approaching from the south-east when the great armament from [[Númenor]] arrived.  Sauron's host suffered heavy losses and was driven back.
  
Ciryatur cunningly divided his forces, sending some into the south while his main fleet landed in [[Lindon]]. Ciryatur's Númenórean warriors proved more than equal to Sauron's armies, and forced them southwards out of Eriador. At the decisive [[Battle of the Gwathló]], Sauron was trapped between the two Númenórean armies and almost captured. Though he managed to escape and return to [[Mordor]], Sauron swore vengeance on the victorious [[Númenóreans]]. More than 1,600 years later, he accomplished his aim and Númenor was [[Downfall of Númenor|destroyed]], so that Ciryatur's great victory can ironically be seen as the first seed of the Downfall of his homeland.
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Ciryatur had divided his forces, sending some directly to Gil-galad and some to the mouth of the [[Gwathló]] River. This second force appeared in the rear of Sauron's army after they had been driven away from [[Sarn Ford]] with further losses.   In the ensuing [[Battle of the Gwathló]], the host of Sauron was completely routed and Sauron himself barely escaped. A final battle in eastern [[Calenardhon]] stripped Sauron of all but a tiny bodyguard.  The Dark Lord retreated into [[Mordor]] and plotted vengeance upon the Númenóreans.<ref>{{UT|Galadriel}}</ref>
  
 
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''Ciryatur'' means "Ship Master" in [[Quenya]] (from ''[[cirya]]'', 'ship', and ''[[-ntur]]'', 'master')—an appropriate name for an admiral. It is in fact possible that this is the name of his position rather than himself (cf. [[Ohtar]]).
 
''Ciryatur'' means "Ship Master" in [[Quenya]] (from ''[[cirya]]'', 'ship', and ''[[-ntur]]'', 'master')—an appropriate name for an admiral. It is in fact possible that this is the name of his position rather than himself (cf. [[Ohtar]]).
 
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Ciryatur
Númenórean
Biographical Information
PositionAdmiral
BirthMid-Second Age
Physical Description
GenderMale

Ciryatur was the commander of the Númenórean fleet sent to aid Gil-galad in the War of the Elves and Sauron. In S.A. 1700, Gil-galad’s Elves had been beaten back to the River Lhûn and Sauron had more forces approaching from the south-east when the great armament from Númenor arrived. Sauron's host suffered heavy losses and was driven back.

Ciryatur had divided his forces, sending some directly to Gil-galad and some to the mouth of the Gwathló River. This second force appeared in the rear of Sauron's army after they had been driven away from Sarn Ford with further losses. In the ensuing Battle of the Gwathló, the host of Sauron was completely routed and Sauron himself barely escaped. A final battle in eastern Calenardhon stripped Sauron of all but a tiny bodyguard. The Dark Lord retreated into Mordor and plotted vengeance upon the Númenóreans.[1]

Etymology

Ciryatur means "Ship Master" in Quenya (from cirya, 'ship', and -ntur, 'master')—an appropriate name for an admiral. It is in fact possible that this is the name of his position rather than himself (cf. Ohtar).

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn"