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'''Tar-Palantir''' ([[Second Age]] 3035 – 3255, aged 220 years) was the twenty-fourth [[King of Númenor]], ruling for 78 years, from Second Age 3035 until his death. He was born '''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 [[Quenya]] in his realm. However, Inziladûn's mother, [[Inzilbêth]], was secretly a member of the [[Faithful]] and taught her son to be an [[Elf-friend]].
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'''Tar-Palantir''' ([[Second Age]] 3035 – 3255, aged 220 years) was the twenty-fourth [[King of Númenor]], ruling for 78 years, from Second Age 3035 until his death. He was born '''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]].
  
When Inziladûn took up the [[Sceptre]] it was a time of great darkness in [[Númenor]]. Ever since [[Tar-Atanamir]], every King had spoken against the Valar and questioned the [[Ban of the Valar|Ban]]. Inziladûn sought to repent the actions of his predecessors and took a Quenya name in the tradition of his ancestors: Tar-Palantir ("Far-sighted"). Once again the [[Nimloth of Númenor|White Tree]] was tended and the Royal Court followed the ancient practices. There was no response from the Valar, however, and [[Tol Eressëa]] could no longer be seen from the Tower of Tar-Minastir.
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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 of the Valar|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 [[Nimloth of Númenor|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 [[Three Prayers|religious ceremonies]] of the Númenóreans at due times.  
  
Tar-Palantir perceived the destruction that would come to Númenor if its people drifted any farther from the will of the Valar. His daughter [[Tar-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]].
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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.
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Tar-Palantir married late and had only one child, a daughter named Míriel. [[Tar-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]].
 
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Revision as of 09:17, 10 October 2006

Tar-Palantir (Second Age 3035 – 3255, aged 220 years) was the twenty-fourth King of Númenor, ruling for 78 years, from Second Age 3035 until his death. He was born 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.

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.

Preceded by:
Ar-Gimilzôr
24th King of Númenor
II 3177 – 3255
Followed by:
Ar-Pharazôn