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'''Elros''' ([[First Age]] 525 – [[Second Age]] 442, aged 500 years) was born at the end of the First Age to [[Eärendil the Mariner|Eärendil]] and [[Elwing]]. Elros was one of the [[Half-elven]] of Middle-earth who chose to become a [[Men|mortal man]], and was later crowned the first [[King of Númenor]]. Taking the [[Quenya]] name '''Tar-Minyatur''' ("High First-ruler") he reigned 410 years, from Second Age 32 to 442.
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'''Elros''' ([[First Age]] 525 – [[Second Age]] 442, aged 500 years) was the son [[Eärendil the Mariner]], the great hero of the First Age, and his wife [[Elwing]]. He was the twin brother of [[Elrond]] and both were [[Half-elven]]. Half-elves must decide to become mortal as [[Men]] or immortal as [[Elves]]. While Elrond became an Elf, Elros chose to become Man. He would become a lord of the [[Edain]] and the first [[King of Númenor]], taking the name '''Tar-Minyatur'''.
  
'''Elros Tar-Minyatur''' was Half-elven and he and his brother were given the choice to be Elves or Men. Elros chose to become one of the [[Edain]] (Elrond elected to remain an Elf). As a reward for the sufferings of the Edain against the dark forces of [[Morgoth]], the [[Valar]] raised an island for them to dwell in, protected from the dangers of [[Middle-earth]]. Elros and the surviving Edain set sail over the [[Belegaer|Sea]], and guided by the [[Star of Eärendil]] came to the great [[Isle of Elenna]], westernmost of all Mortal lands. There they founded the realm of [[Númenor]], also known as Westernesse. The Valar also granted Elros and his heirs substantially longer life-spans.  
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== History ==
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Elros and Elrond were born at the refugee camp at the [[Havens of Sirion]] during the darkest days of the First Age, when the forces of Morgoth controlled most of [[Beleriand]]. When the twins were just four years-old the [[Sons of Fëanor]], corrupted by their [[Oath of Fëanor|Oath]], assaulted the camp, seeking the [[Silmaril]] held by Eärendil. Elros' father was away, and Elwing barely escaped with the Silmaril, but the twins were captured. The were given to [[Maglor]] and [[Maedhros]], the only Sons of Fëanor to repudiate their deeds, and were protected through the end of the First Age.
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After the [[War of Wrath]] and the breaking of Beleriand, the twins chose their race and fate. Elros, now a lord of the [[Edain]], led his people across the [[Great Sea]], guided by [[Star of Eärendil]], the holy light of his father. They arrived at the [[Isle of Elenna]] a giant island raised by the [[Valar]] for those [[Men]] who had fought with the Elves against the forces of [[Morgoth]]. Elenna was now the land closest to the [[Undying Lands]], where [[Men]] where forbidden. The [[Valar]] declared the [[Ban of the Valar]] so that no mortal would sail west to [[Valinor]]. In exchange the Edain were granted substantially longer life-spans.
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Elros became the first [[King of Númenor|King]] of the nation of [[Númenor]] in Second Age 32. He took a royal name in Quenya, Tar-Minyatur, thus setting a tradition of Quenya being the royal language even though the common tongue was [[Adûnaic]]. Throughout his reign his kingdom received gifts from the Elves of [[Tol Eressëa]], including flowers from the gardens of [[Yavanna]] and a seed from the [[Celeborn, White Tree|Celeborn]]. This was the beginning of a long friendship with the Elves of the West, a relationship that would define the future of the Númenor.
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Tar-Minyatur had four children, three sons, [[Vardamir Nólimon]], [[Manwendil]], and [[Atanalcar]], and one daughter, [[Tindómiel]]. After 500 years of life, and 410 years of rule, Tar-Minyatur died and his son Vardamir Nólimon took up the [[Sceptre]] as [[Tar-Vardamir]]. He was only a titular King, however, and immediately abdicated to his son, [[Tar-Amandir]].
  
 
== Etymology ==
 
== Etymology ==
Elros's name may mean "Elf of the Spray" based on a tale from his early childhood. [[Maedhros]], one of the [[Sons of Fëanor]], abducted Elros and his brother [[Elrond]] as retribution for Elwing's refusal to relinquish a [[Silmarils|Silmaril]] (see [[Oath of Fëanor]]). Maedhros later repented and left the children near a forest waterfall where they were found. Thus he was named "Elf of the Spray". In ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', [[Christopher Tolkien]] interprets Elros as meaning "Star-foam".
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Elros' name may mean "Elf of the Spray", based on a tale from his early childhood. The [[Sons of Fëanor]] abducted Elros and his brother Elrond, but when [[Maedhros]] found them they were playing in a forest waterfall. In ''[[The Silmarillion]]'', however, editor [[Christopher Tolkien]] interprets Elros as meaning "Star-foam".
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Elros' kingly name, Tar-Minyatur, is [[Quenya]] for "High First-ruler".
  
 
== Genealogy ==
 
== Genealogy ==
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Elros (First Age 525 – Second Age 442, aged 500 years) was the son Eärendil the Mariner, the great hero of the First Age, and his wife Elwing. He was the twin brother of Elrond and both were Half-elven. Half-elves must decide to become mortal as Men or immortal as Elves. While Elrond became an Elf, Elros chose to become Man. He would become a lord of the Edain and the first King of Númenor, taking the name Tar-Minyatur.

History

Elros and Elrond were born at the refugee camp at the Havens of Sirion during the darkest days of the First Age, when the forces of Morgoth controlled most of Beleriand. When the twins were just four years-old the Sons of Fëanor, corrupted by their Oath, assaulted the camp, seeking the Silmaril held by Eärendil. Elros' father was away, and Elwing barely escaped with the Silmaril, but the twins were captured. The were given to Maglor and Maedhros, the only Sons of Fëanor to repudiate their deeds, and were protected through the end of the First Age.

After the War of Wrath and the breaking of Beleriand, the twins chose their race and fate. Elros, now a lord of the Edain, led his people across the Great Sea, guided by Star of Eärendil, the holy light of his father. They arrived at the Isle of Elenna a giant island raised by the Valar for those Men who had fought with the Elves against the forces of Morgoth. Elenna was now the land closest to the Undying Lands, where Men where forbidden. The Valar declared the Ban of the Valar so that no mortal would sail west to Valinor. In exchange the Edain were granted substantially longer life-spans.

Elros became the first King of the nation of Númenor in Second Age 32. He took a royal name in Quenya, Tar-Minyatur, thus setting a tradition of Quenya being the royal language even though the common tongue was Adûnaic. Throughout his reign his kingdom received gifts from the Elves of Tol Eressëa, including flowers from the gardens of Yavanna and a seed from the Celeborn. This was the beginning of a long friendship with the Elves of the West, a relationship that would define the future of the Númenor.

Tar-Minyatur had four children, three sons, Vardamir Nólimon, Manwendil, and Atanalcar, and one daughter, Tindómiel. After 500 years of life, and 410 years of rule, Tar-Minyatur died and his son Vardamir Nólimon took up the Sceptre as Tar-Vardamir. He was only a titular King, however, and immediately abdicated to his son, Tar-Amandir.

Etymology

Elros' name may mean "Elf of the Spray", based on a tale from his early childhood. The Sons of Fëanor abducted Elros and his brother Elrond, but when Maedhros found them they were playing in a forest waterfall. In The Silmarillion, however, editor Christopher Tolkien interprets Elros as meaning "Star-foam".

Elros' kingly name, Tar-Minyatur, is Quenya for "High First-ruler".

Genealogy

                                 Eärendil = Elwing
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                      ELROS TAR-MINYATAUR            Elrond
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Vardamir Nólimon   Tindómiel   Manwendil   Atanalcar
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Kings of Númenor

Preceded by:
none
1st King of Númenor
II 32 – 442
Followed by:
Tar-Vardamir