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Council of the Sceptre

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The Council of the Sceptre were the nobles and lords of from each of the six regions of Númenor, together with the King's Heir, who gathered to advise the King on weighty matters of state.[1] In the early days of Númenor, the Councillors had no power save that of advice, but when the Shadow fell upon Númenor and the Kings clung to their lives even after their vigor of mind had left them, their power often passed to the members of the Council.

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", Note 23