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"Andunie" by Felix Sotomayor
General Information
LocationAndustar in western Númenor
People and History
InhabitantsNúmenóreans, later the Faithful
DestroyedS.A. 3319, during the Downfall of Númenor
GalleryImages of Andúnië

Andúnië was an important city and port in the realm of Númenor.


[edit] Geography

It was located on the Bay of Andúnië in the Andustar region, on the western end of Elenna.[1] Part of the town lay beside the shore but many dwellings were set upon the steep slopes behind.

The main road of Númenor, which ran from Rómenna westward through Armenelos, continued on to Andúnië.[2]

[edit] History

Andúnië was initially the largest city of Númenor because the Elves of Tol Eressëa would often visit the haven.[3]

In S.A. 630, Tar-Elendil created the title Lord of Andúnië in honor of his first grandson, Valandil.[4] A distaff branch of the line of Elros, the Lords of Andúnië were important nobles and members of the Council of the Sceptre.[5] Since Andúnië was an Elf-haven, the Lords of Andúnië were also the leaders of the "Faithful" — those who advocated continued friendship with the Elves and obedience to the Valar.

However, as the Shadow was falling upon Númenor, Armenelos became larger and more important than Andúnië. By the close of the Second Age, the Faithful were labeled as traitors by the King's Men and deported to Rómenna in the east.[3] Andúnië was ultimately destroyed in the Downfall of Númenor in 3319.

Amandil, the last of the Lords of Andúnië, was the ancestor of the Kings of Arnor and Gondor in Middle-earth.

[edit] Etymology

Andúnië is a variant of the Quenya word andúnë, meaning "sunset".


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "[Map of] Númenórë"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", "The earlier generations of the Line of Elros"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", Note 23
Andor · Atalantë · Elenna · Mar-nu-Falmar · Númenórë · Westernesse
Regions Andustar · Arandor · Emerië · Forostar · Hyarastorni · Hyarnustar · Hyarrostar · Kingsland · Mittalmar · Nísimaldar · Orrostar
Towns and cities Almaida · Andúnië · Armenelos · Eldalondë · Nindamos · Ondosto · Rómenna
Buildings Calmindon · Eämbar · King's Court · Temple · White House of Erendis
Natural features Bay of Eldanna · Bay of Rómenna · Firth of Rómenna · Meneltarma (mountain) · Nísinen (lake) · North Cape · Nunduinë (river) · Oromet (mountain) · Siril (river) · Sorontil (mountain) · Tarmasundar (ridges) · Tompollë
Plants and trees Fragrant Trees · Lairelossë · Laurinquë · Lavaralda · Nessamelda · Nimloth · Oiolairë · Taniquelassë · Vardarianna · Yavannamírë
Heirlooms Aranrúth · Bow of Bregor · Dramborleg · Elendilmir · Narsil · Palantíri · Ring of Barahir · Sceptre of Annúminas · Sceptre of Númenor · Tile and Textiles · Helmet
Concepts Adûnaic · Ban of the Valar · Council of the Sceptre · Downfall of Númenor · Númenórean Sindarin · Ruxöalë · Three Prayers (Eruhantalë · Erukyermë · Erulaitalë)
Key people Aldarion · Amandil · Elros (House of Elros) · Erendis · Faithful · Guild of Venturers · Isildur · Kings and Queens of Númenor · King's Men · Lords of Andúnië · Meneldur · Miriel · Palantir · Pharazôn · Sauron · Silmariën
Main texts The Silmarillion ("Akallabêth") · Unfinished Tales ("A Description of the Island of Númenor" · "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife" · "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor") · The Lord of the Rings ("Appendix A" · "Appendix B") · The Nature of Middle-earth ("Lives of the Númenóreans" · "Of the land and beasts of Númenor")