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Tar-Ardamin

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Tar-Ardamin
Númenórean
Biographical Information
Other namesAr-Abattârik
LanguageAdûnaic; used Quenya out of custom
BirthS.A. 2618
RuleS.A. 2825-2899 (74 years)
DeathS.A. 2899 (aged 281 years)
Family
ParentageTar-Calmacil
SiblingsGimilzagar
ChildrenAr-Adûnakhôr
Physical Description
GenderMale

Tar-Ardamin, Ar-Abattârik in Adûnaic, is sometimes listed in the list of rulers of Númenor but is sometimes omitted. He was the son of King Tar-Calmacil, and if he is counted as one of the rulers, then he is the 19th in the line of kings.

Tar-Ardamin is omitted in the list of rulers of Númenor in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings, but is mentioned briefly in Unfinished Tales. J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher Tolkien, who compiled and edited Unfinished Tales, speculates in an endnote to the chapter "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor" that Tolkien may have had a reason behind the omission that he never elaborated on.

Tar-Ardamin's son, Ar-Adûnakhôr, is generally counted as the twentieth ruler.

Etymology

In Adûnaic, Tar-Ardamin's name means "Pillar of the World"; in Quenya, it may mean "First of the World".

Other Versions of the Legendarium

It should be said that there is some doubt over the character of Ar-Abattârik. He is listed in the detailed annals of The Line of Elros as the son of Tar-Calmacil and father of Ar-Adûnakhôr, but in Appendix A I (i) to The Lord of the Rings, the relevant section of the King-lists appears like this: '...Tar-Calmacil. After Calmacil the Kings took the sceptre in names of the Númenorean (or Adûnaic) tongue: Ar-Adûnakhôr...' It seems most likely, as Christopher Tolkien suggests, that this omission is probably a simple mistake, and that Tar-Ardamin or Ar-Abattârik should appear in the list at this point.

References

Preceded by:
Tar-Calmacil
19th King of Númenor
II 2825 – 2899
Followed by:
Ar-Adûnakhôr