Tolkien Gateway

Elros

(Difference between revisions)
Line 1: Line 1:
'''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 a Man. He would become a lord of the [[Edain]] and the first [[King of Númenor]], taking the name '''Tar-Minyatur'''.
+
'''Elros''' was the birth name of '''[[Elros Tar-Minyatur]]''', first [[King of Númenor]].
 
+
== 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 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.
+
 
+
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 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]]. He brought with him the [[Ring of Barahir]] and [[Thingol]]'s sword [[Aranrúth]] as family heirlooms. Throughout his reign the kingdom received gifts from the [[Falmari|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.
+
 
+
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 of Númenor]] as [[Tar-Vardamir]]. He was only a titular king, however, and immediately abdicated to his son, [[Tar-Amandil]].
+
 
+
== 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 Lord" (from ''tar'' = "high", ''minya'' = "first", ''tur'' = "master, lord")
+
 
+
== Genealogy ==
+
<code>
+
                                  [[Eärendil the Mariner|Eärendil]] = [[Elwing]]
+
                                          |
+
                              ____________|____________
+
                              |                        |
+
                              |                        |
+
                      '''ELROS TAR-MINYATAUR'''            [[Elrond]]
+
                              |
+
          ____________________|_________________
+
        |              |          |          |
+
        |              |          |          |
+
[[Vardamir Nólimon]]  [[Tindómiel]]  [[Manwendil]]  [[Atanalcar]]
+
        |
+
        |
+
''[[Kings of Númenor]]''
+
</code> 
+
{{sequence
+
|prev=none
+
|next=[[Tar-Vardamir]]
+
|list=1st [[King of Númenor]]<br><code>II</code> 32 – 442
+
}}
+
 
+
[[Category:Half-elven]]
+
[[Category:Númenóreans]]
+
[[Category:Rulers of Númenor]]
+

Revision as of 05:21, 12 June 2006

Elros was the birth name of Elros Tar-Minyatur, first King of Númenor.