Tar-Elendil was the fourth King of Númenor. He was the eldest son of Tar-Amandil. Tar-Elendil recieved the nickname Parmaitë ("Book Handed" in Quenya) because of his love of making books from the legends and lore gathered by his grandfather Elros Tar-Minyatur.
During Tar-Elendil's reign, Vëantur, the Captain of the King's Ships, became the first Númenórean to return to Middle-earth. In the year 600 of the Second Age, he arrived at the Grey Havens with his ship Entulessë, and met Ereinion Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor. Vëantur's daughter, Almarian, wedded Tar-Meneldur, and their child Aldarion inherited his grandfather's love of the sea.
Tar-Elendil had three children: two daughters, Silmariën and Isilmë; and one son, Írimon. Silmariën was the eldest child, but because of the law of agnatic primogeniture that existed in Númenor at that time, Írimon inherited the Sceptre and ruled as Tar-Meneldur. Silmariën became important in her own right as the link of the Lords of Andúnië to the royal house; her son was Valandil, the first Lord. For an unknown reason, Tar-Elendil also passed the Ring of Barahir down to Silmariën instead of his son. This choice, over many generations, allowed Aragorn to bear this heirloom during his coronation at the end of the War of the Ring.
Elendil means "Friend of the Elves" in Quenya (from elen "star, Elf" and -ndil "friend, lover, devoted to"). Like all the rulers of Númenor who took their royal names in Quenya, Elendil added the prefix tar- ("high") to his name when he received the Sceptre.
Tar-Amandil | ____________|_________ | | | | | | TAR-ELENDIL Eärendur Mairen Vëantur | | ____|_________________________ | | | | | | | | | Silmariën = Elatan Isilmë Tar-Meneldur = Almarian | | | | Valandil Tar-Aldarion
|4th King of Númenor