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Valandil (Lord of Andúnië)

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Valandil
Númenórean
Biographical Information
BirthS.A. 630
Family
ParentageSilmariën and Elatan
Physical Description
GenderMale

Valandil was the son of Elatan of Andúnië and Silmariën, the eldest daughter of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor. He founded the line of the Lords of Andúnië, who ruled the city on the western shores of the island kingdom of Númenor. Though he did not belong to the direct royal line, he remained close to the royal house, and was important among the Council of the Sceptre (a post he passed on to his descendants).

Valandil's mother Silmariën was Tar-Elendil's eldest child, but the Sceptre passed to her younger brother Meneldur because of the laws of succession at that time. Those laws were later changed, and if those later laws had held at the time of Tar-Elendil's death, the Sceptre of Númenor would have passed directly to Silmariën, and from her to Valandil and his descendants. Long after Valandil's time, his descendants would become Kings in their own right: in direct line through many generations, Valandil was the ancestor of Elendil, the first High King of the Dúnedain in Middle-earth. From Elendil, the line passed on through Isildur, Isildur's son (who was also called Valandil), and down the generations to Aragorn himself.

In the story of Aldarion and Erendis, Valandil held a feast around Second Age 700 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Guild of Venturers and another feast for Aldarion and Erendis after their wedding in 870.

Etymology

Valandil means "Devoted to the Valar" in Quenya (from Vala and the suffix -ndil, 'friend of', 'devoted to').

Genealogy

                     Tar-Elendil   
                         |                                      
              ___________|___________
             |           |           |            
             |           |           |                       
Elatan = Silmariën    Isilmë    Tar-Meneldur = Almarian
       |                                     |
       |                                     |
    VALANDIL                            Tar-Aldarion
Preceded by:
None
1st Lord of Andúnië
II 630 – c.870
Followed by:
Unknown,
eventually Eärendur

References