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Adûnakhôr was a rare shortened form of the name Ar-Adûnakhôr, taken by the twentieth King of Númenor.[1] This name was seen as an act of rebellion against the Elves and the Valar, because the Kings of Númenor had traditionally taken their names from the High-elven tongue, whereas Adûnakhôr came from their native Adûnaic language. In fact, the name Adûnakhôr was a double challenge to the old traditions, because its meaning, "Lord of the West" was traditionally a title reserved for one of the Valar.[2]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", XX Ar-Adûnakhôr (Tar-Herunúmen)