Aldarion was the Heir to King Tar-Meneldur of Númenor. He was a great captain and adventurer, to the dismay of his father the King, who wished his son to spend his youth in the island he would one day rule. Aldarion, though, felt the call of the sea, and he, along with the Guild of Venturers of Númanor, built a vast ship, larger than any that had been seen at that time. They called it Palarran, an Quenya name meaning "Far-wanderer". It was the greatest ship of all time at the time that it was built, and in it Aldarion journeyed the Great Sea to Middle-earth.