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The name Palantir refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Palantir (disambiguation).
Biographical Information
Other namesInziladûn, the Farsighted
BirthS.A. 3035
RuleS.A. 3177-S.A. 3255 (78 years)
DeathS.A. 3255 (aged 220 years)
ParentageAr-Gimilzôr and Inzilbêth
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Tar-Palantir

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.

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:
24th King of Númenor
II 3177 – 3255
Followed by: