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Turner Mohan - Tar-Míriel.jpg
"Tar-Míriel" by Turner Mohan
Biographical Information
Other namesAr-Zimraphel (A)
TitlesQueen of Númenor (not ruling)
AffiliationThe Faithful
BirthS.A. 3117
RuleNone: Queenship usurped
DeathS.A. 3319 (aged 202 years)
Slopes of Meneltarma
HouseHouse of Elros
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Tar-Míriel
"And last of all the mounting wave... took to its bosom Tar-Míriel the Queen, fairer than silver or ivory or pearls."The Silmarillion, Akallabêth

Tar-Míriel was the only child of the late-marrying Tar-Palantir, the twenty-fourth King of Númenor.[1] By the Law of Succession, established by Tar-Aldarion, she should have become the fourth Ruling Queen of Númenor. However, after her father's death, Míriel's cousin Pharazôn took her unwillingly as his wife and seized the Sceptre of Númenor for himself, taking the title of Ar-Pharazôn the Golden. He changed Míriel's name to Ar-Zimraphel.

Ted Nasmith - Queen Tar-Míriel and the Great Wave

Ar-Pharazôn in his pride brought a mighty fleet to Middle-earth to challenge Sauron for dominion of the land. Sauron pretended to humble himself before the King and was taken as captive to Númenor. Soon Sauron had fully corrupted the King and had persuaded the aging king to seek immortality and assail Valinor itself. The Valar called upon the One, who cast Númenor into the sea. It is said that Tar-Míriel strove to reach the sacred peak of the Meneltarma before the inundation of the island, but the great wave swept her away from the steep side of the Holy Mountain.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Tar-Míriel, a Quenya name, had an approximate meaning of "Jewel-daughter". The Adûnaic name Ar-Pharazôn gave her, Ar-Zimraphel is presumably a translation of this. Zimra- means, disputably, 'jewel', while -phel is possibly 'daughter'.

[edit] Genealogy

2798 - 3033
14th Lord
of Andúnië
2876 - 3102
2960 - 3177
16th Lord
of Andúnië
3035 - 3255
3044 - 3243
3117 - 3319
3118 - 3319
Sailed west 3316
3119 - 3441
3209 - T.A. 2
3219 - 3440

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In the first ever writings about Númenor, the last queen of Númenor, who witnessed the coming of Thû/Sauron, was "Queen Istar", wife of "King Angor".[3] In a rewrite, their names are changed to "Tar-kalion" and "Tar-ilien". Unlike in the later Akallabêth, both Tar-ilien and her husband believe Sauron's lies.[4]

In one version of the Akallabêth, Míriel was named Zimrahil and was betrothed to Elentir, the brother of Amandil (the last Lord of Andúnië). However, she fell desperately in love with Pharazôn and chose to marry him when he took up the Sceptre. This story is very different than the tale in the published The Silmarillion, where Ar-Pharazôn takes Míriel very much against her will in order to claim the Sceptre.[5]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", Tar-Palantir
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part One: II. The Fall of Númenor, (ii) The first version of The Fall of Númenor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part One: II. The Fall of Númenor, (iii) The second version of The Fall of Númenor"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "V. The History of the Akallabêth"
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