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Tar-Elendil

Tar-Elendil
Númenórean
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"Tar-Elendil" by Liz Danforth
Biographical Information
Other namesParmaitë (Q, "book-handed")
TitlesKing of Númenor
LocationNúmenor
LanguageAdûnaic, Sindarin and Quenya
BirthS.A. 350
Númenor
RuleS.A. 590 - 740 (150 years)
DeathS.A. 751 (aged 401)
Númenor
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageTar-Amandil
SiblingsEärendur and Mairen
ChildrenSilmariën, Isilmë and Írimon
Physical Description
GenderMale
WeaponryAranrúth
GalleryImages of Tar-Elendil
Tar-Elendil was the fourth King of Númenor. He was the eldest son of Tar-Amandil. Tar-Elendil received the nickname Parmaitë ("Book Handed" in Quenya) because of his love of making books from the legends and lore gathered by his grandfather Vardamir Nólimon.[1]

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[edit] History

During Tar-Elendil's reign, Vëantur, the Captain of the King's Ships, became the first Númenórean to return to Middle-earth. In the year S.A. 600, he arrived at the Grey Havens with his ship Entulessë, and met Ereinion Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor.[2] Vëantur's daughter, Almarian, wedded Tar-Meneldur, and their child Aldarion inherited his grandfather's love of the sea.[3]

Tar-Elendil had three children: two daughters, Silmariën and Isilmë; and one son, Írimon.[4] Silmariën was the eldest child, but because of the law of agnatic primogeniture that existed in Númenor at that time, Írimon inherited the Sceptre and ruled as Tar-Meneldur. Silmariën became important in her own right as the link of the Lords of Andúnië to the royal house; her son was Valandil, the first Lord.[1] Furthermore, Tar-Elendil also passed the Ring of Barahir down to Silmariën instead of his son; this choice, over many generations, allowed Aragorn to bear this heirloom during his coronation at the end of the War of the Ring.

[edit] Etymology

Elendil means "Friend of the Elves" in Quenya (from elen "star, Elf" and -ndil "friend, lover, devoted to"). Like all the rulers of Númenor who took their royal names in Quenya, Elendil added the prefix tar- ("high") to his name when he received the Scepter.

Tar-Elendil's Adûnaic name was "Ar-Nimruzîr" although it is not mentioned by Tolkien.[5]

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vardamir Nólimon
S.A. 61 - 471
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Amandil
192 - 603
 
Vardilmë
b. 203
 
Aulendil
b. 213
 
Nolondil
b. 222
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TAR-ELENDIL
350 - 751
 
 
 
 
 
Vëantur
b. 451
 
Eärendur
b. 361
 
Mairen
b. 377
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elatan
unknown
 
Silmariën
b. 521
 
Isilmë
b. 532
 
Tar-Meneldur
543 - 942
 
Almarian
unknown
 
Caliondo
512 - 900
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valandil
b. 630
 
Tar-Aldarion
700 - 1098
 
Ailinel
b. 712
 
Almiel
b. 729
 
 
 
Malantur
b. 670
 
 
 
 


Tar-Elendil
House of Elros
Born: S.A. 350 Died: S.A. 751
Preceded by:
Tar-Amandil
4th King of Númenor
S.A. 590 - 740
Followed by:
Tar-Meneldur

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", Tar-Elendil
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  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. Ardalambion Article on Adûnaic
Kings of Númenor
Elros Tar-Minyatur (S.A. 32 - 442) · Tar-Vardamir* (442) · Tar-Amandil (442 - 590) · Tar-Elendil (590 - 740) · Tar-Meneldur (740 - 883) · Tar-Aldarion (883 - 1075) · Tar-AncalimëQ (1075 - 1280) · Tar-Anárion (1280 - 1394) · Tar-Súrion (1394 - 1556) · Tar-TelperiënQ (1556 - 1731) · Tar-Minastir (1731 - 1869) · Tar-Ciryatan (1869 - 2029) · Tar-Atanamir (2029 - 2221) · Tar-Ancalimon (2221 - 2386) · Tar-Telemmaitë (2386 - 2526) · Tar-VanimeldëQ (2526 - 2637) · Tar-Anducal (2637 - 2657) · Tar-Alcarin (2657 - 2737) · Tar-Calmacil (2737 - 2825) · Tar-Ardamin (2825 - 2899) · Ar-Adûnakhôr (2899 - 2962) · Ar-Zimrathôn (2962 - 3033) · Ar-Sakalthôr (3033 - 3102) · Ar-Gimilzôr (3102 - 3177) · Tar-Palantir (3177 - 3255) · Ar-Pharazôn (3255 - 3319)
* Immediately abdicated in favour of his son · Q Ruling Queens · Usurped throne. Later struck off the Line of Kings · Usurped throne from his cousin Tar-Míriel