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Tar-Atanamir

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Tar-Atanamir
Númenórean
Biographical Information
Other namesThe Great, the Unwilling
BirthS.A. 1800
RuleS.A. 2029 until death (192 years)
DeathS.A. 2221 (aged 421 years)
Family
ParentageTar-Ciryatan
ChildrenTar-Ancalimon
Physical Description
GenderMale

Tar-Atanamir, known as "The Great", was the thirteenth King of Númenor. His name means "Jewel of Man". He succeeded his father, Tar-Ciryatan and ruled for 192 years, from 2029 until his death. He was the first King that refused to willingly give up the Sceptre to his heir. Thus every King afterwards did not renounce his reign, with the notable exception of Tar-Palantir.

He was one of Númenor's most famous and powerful Kings, but also one of its proudest and most greedy. He exacted tribute from the Men of Middle-earth, and opposed the Ban of the Valar (though he did not dare to actually defy the Ban). He is known as "the Great", and also "the Unwilling", because he refused to give up his life freely, and lived on into old age and senility.

His reign is thus generally considered to constitute the beginning of Númenor's moral decline.

He was succeeded by his son, Tar-Ancalimon.

Preceded by:
Tar-Ciryatan
13th King of Númenor
II 2029 – 2221
Followed by:
Tar-Ancalimon