Tolkien Gateway


Revision as of 16:59, 30 September 2013 by Mith (Talk | contribs)
The name Míriel refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Míriel (disambiguation).
Shyangell - Ar-Zimraphrel.jpg
Biographical Information
Other namesAr-Zimraphel (A)
TitlesQueen of Númenor (not ruling)
AffiliationThe Faithful
BirthS.A. 3117
RuleNone: Queenship usurped
DeathS.A. 3319 (aged 202 years)
Slopes of Meneltarma
HouseHouse of Elros
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Tar-Míriel
"And last of all the mounting wave... took to its bosom Tar-Míriel the Queen, fairer than silver or ivory or pearls."The Silmarillion, Akallabêth

Tar-Míriel was the only child of the late-marrying Tar-Palantir, the twenty-fourth King of Númenor.[1] By the Law of Succession, established by Tar-Aldarion, she should have become the fourth Ruling Queen of Númenor. However, after her father's death, Míriel's cousin Pharazôn took her unwillingly as his wife and seized the Sceptre of Númenor for himself, taking the title of Ar-Pharazôn the Golden. He changed Míriel's name to Ar-Zimraphel.

Queen Tar-Míriel and the Great Wave by Ted Nasmith

Ar-Pharazôn in his pride brought a mighty fleet to Middle-earth to challenge Sauron for dominion of the land. Sauron pretended to humble himself before the King and was taken as captive to Númenor. Soon Sauron had fully corrupted the King and persuaded him to assail Valinor itself. The Valar called upon the One, who cast Númenor into the sea. It is said that Tar-Míriel strove to reach the peak of the Meneltarma before the inundation of the island, but the great wave swept her away from the steep side of the Holy Mountain.[2]


Tar-Míriel, a Quenya name, had an approximate meaning of "Jewel-daughter". The Adûnaic name Ar-Pharazôn gave her, Ar-Zimraphel is presumably a translation of this. Zimra- means, disputably, 'jewel', while -phel is possibly 'daughter'.



Other Versions of the Legendarium

In one version of the Akallabêth, Míriel was betrothed to Elentir, the brother of Amandil (the last Lord of Andúnië). However, she fell desperately in love with Pharazôn and chose to marry him when he took up the Sceptre of Númenor. This story is very different than the tale in the published The Silmarillion, where Ar-Pharazôn takes Míriel very much against her will in order to claim the Sceptre.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", Tar-Palantir
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The History of the Akallabêth"