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Biographical Information
TitlesCaptain of the King's Ships
LanguageAdûnaic, Sindarin
BirthS.A. 451[1]
DeathAfter S.A. 727
Physical Description

Vëantur (Q, pron. [veˈantur]) was the Captain of the King's Ships during the reign of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor.

In S.A. 600 Vëantur commanded the Entulessë or "Return", the first Númenórean ship to venture back to Middle-earth.[2] He sailed into the Grey Havens and became acquainted with Círdan[3], the Elven King Gil-galad, and twelve Men from Eriador who came to see those "who had returned from death in the deeps of the Sea".[1]

Vëantur's daughter, Almarian, married Meneldur, who would be the fifth King of Númenor, and bore him a son, Aldarion. Vëantur greatly loved his grandson and welcomed him often to his house, where Aldarion learned how to row, to sail, and then to captain his own ship. In S.A. 725, when Aldarion was twenty-five years old, the aging Vëantur invited him to sail to Middle-earth to meet Círdan and Gil-galad. Aldarion obtained Meneldur's permission and in the great ship Númerrámar or "West-wings", Vëantur and Aldarion proceeded to journey to the eastern lands on a voyage that lasted two years.[4]


Vëantur's name means either "Commander of Men" or "Manly Commander" in Quenya (from vëan, 'man', 'manliness' and -ntur, meaning 'commander').


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", Note 3
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"