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A nobleman of [[Andúnië]] who lived in the early centuries of the [[Númenórean]] kingdom. He wedded [[Silmariën]], the daughter and eldest child of [[Númenor]]'s fourth King [[Tar-Elendil]]. Under the later laws of succession, Silmariën would have succeeded her father to become a Ruling Queen, and Elatan's descendants would therefore have been [[Kings of Númenor]]. In those early years, however, only the male line could succeed to the Sceptre, and so Silmariën's younger brother [[Meneldur]] became King in her place.  
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'''Elatan''' (born [[Second Age]] circa 515) was a nobleman who lived in the city of [[Andúnië]] during the early centuries of [[Númenor]]. He wedded [[Silmariën]], the daughter and eldest child of [[Tar-Elendil]], the fourth [[King of Númenor]]. Because of the law of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnatic_primogeniture agnatic primogeniture], Silmariën could not take the [[Sceptre]]. However, when Elatan and Silmariën had their first child, [[Valandil of Númenor|Valandil]], Tar-Elendil created the title [[Lord of Andúnië]] to celebrate his first grandson. Valandil would become the first Lord of Andúnië and Elatan's descendants would be titled nobleman.
  
Nevertheless, Elatan's descendants were far from forgotten. His son [[Valandil of Númenor|Valandil]] was the first to use the title 'Lord of Andúnië', a noble line that would survive down through the entire history of Númenor. Even after the [[Downfall of Númenor|Downfall]], the last rightful Lord, [[Elendil]], escaped with his sons to [[Middle-earth]] and founded [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]] there. From this line, through an immensity of time spanning more than five millennia, Elatan was the very distant ancestor of [[Aragorn Elessar]].
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Elatan's descendants would figure prominently in the history of [[Middle-earth]]. After the [[Downfall of Númenor]], [[Elendil]], the last Lord of Andúnië, would found the Kingdoms of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]]. Over thousands of years, Elatan would become the ancestor of [[Aragorn Elessar]], the hero of the [[War of the Ring]].
  
 
Elatan's name means "Man of the Stars" in [[Quenya]] (from ''[[elen]]'' = "star" and ''[[atan]]'' = "man").
 
Elatan's name means "Man of the Stars" in [[Quenya]] (from ''[[elen]]'' = "star" and ''[[atan]]'' = "man").
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== Genealogy ==
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[[Tar-Elendil]] 
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  [[Silmariën]] = '''ELATAN'''
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        [[Valandil of Númenor|Valandil]]
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[[Category:Númenóreans]]
 
[[Category:Númenóreans]]

Revision as of 02:55, 19 June 2006

Elatan (born Second Age circa 515) was a nobleman who lived in the city of Andúnië during the early centuries of Númenor. He wedded Silmariën, the daughter and eldest child of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor. Because of the law of agnatic primogeniture, Silmariën could not take the Sceptre. However, when Elatan and Silmariën had their first child, Valandil, Tar-Elendil created the title Lord of Andúnië to celebrate his first grandson. Valandil would become the first Lord of Andúnië and Elatan's descendants would be titled nobleman.

Elatan's descendants would figure prominently in the history of Middle-earth. After the Downfall of Númenor, Elendil, the last Lord of Andúnië, would found the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor. Over thousands of years, Elatan would become the ancestor of Aragorn Elessar, the hero of the War of the Ring.

Elatan's name means "Man of the Stars" in Quenya (from elen = "star" and atan = "man").

Genealogy

Tar-Elendil   
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 Silmariën = ELATAN
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        Valandil