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Tar-Palantir

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Latest revision as of 16:32, 29 December 2013

The name Palantir refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Palantir (disambiguation).
Tar-Palantir
Númenórean
Biographical Information
Other namesInziladûn (A), "the Farsighted"
TitlesKing of Númenor
LocationNúmenor
AffiliationThe Faithful
LanguageAdûnaic, Quenya and Sindarin
BirthS.A. 3035
RuleS.A. 3177 - S.A. 3255 (78 years)
DeathS.A. 3255 (aged 220)
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageAr-Gimilzôr and Inzilbêth
SiblingsGimilkhâd
ChildrenMíriel
Physical Description
GenderMale
Tar-Palantir was the twenty-fourth King of Númenor. His birth name was Inziladûn ("Flower of the West" in Adûnaic), the son of Ar-Gimilzôr. His father was a bitter opponent of the Valar and the Elves, and had banished the speaking of the Elven tongues in his realm. However, Inziladûn's mother, Inzilbêth, was secretly a member of the Faithful and taught her son to be an Elf-friend.[1]

When Inziladûn took up the Sceptre it was a time of great darkness in Númenor. Ever since the time of Tar-Atanamir, every King had spoken against the Valar and questioned the Ban they had put upon the Númenóreans against sailing into the West. Inziladûn sought to repent of these actions of his predecessors and took a Quenya name in the tradition of his ancestors: Tar-Palantir ("The Far-sighted"). Once again the White Tree was properly tended, for Tar-Palantir's gift of foresight allowed him to ascertain that if the White Tree perished, then the line of Kings would also come to an end. The King also faithfully observed the ancient religious ceremonies of the Númenóreans at due times.

However, the Valar did not respond to Tar-Palantir's repentance because of the insolence of the Kings before him, and because most of the Númenóreans were still hostile to the Lords of the West, and were led by Gimilkhâd, Tar-Palantir's own brother. Nor did Elven ships ever come from Tol Eressëa to Númenor again. Tar-Palantir became filled with sorrow over the continuing rebellion of his people, and began to spend more of his time at the tower of Tar-Minastir in the west of the isle, hoping at least to see Eressëa on the horizon. But even the sight of it was withheld from him.

Tar-Palantir married late and had only one child, a daughter named Míriel. Míriel was named his official successor and would have followed his policies, but her rightful place as Queen of Númenor was usurped by her husband, Ar-Pharazôn.[2]

[edit] Genealogy

Valandil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Calmacil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lindórië
 
 
Ar-Sakalthôr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inzilbêth
 
Ar-Gimilzôr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TAR-PALANTIR
 
Gimilkhâd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Míriel
 
Ar-Pharazôn
 

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", Ar-Gimilzôr
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", Tar-Palantir
Tar-Palantir
House of Elros
Born: S.A. 3035 Died: S.A. 3255
Preceded by:
Ar-Gimilzôr
24th King of Númenor
S.A. 3177 - 3255
Followed by:
Ar-Pharazôn