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Tar-Míriel

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Tar-Míriel
Númenórean
Biographical Information
Other namesAr-Zimraphel (A)
TitlesQueen of Númenor (not ruling)
LocationNúmenor
AffiliationThe Faithful
LanguageQuenya
BirthS.A. 3117
RuleNone: Queenship usurped
DeathS.A. 3319 (aged 202 years)
Slopes of Meneltarma
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageTar-Palantir
SpouseAr-Pharazôn
Physical Description
GenderFemale
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 persuaded him to 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 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

Ar-Zimrathôn
2798 - 3033
 
 
 
14th Lord
of Andúnië
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ar-Sakalthôr
2876 - 3102
 
Lindórië
unknown
 
Eärendur
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ar-Gimilzôr
2960 - 3177
 
Inzilbêth
unknown
 
16th Lord
of Andúnië
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Palantir
3035 - 3255
 
Gimilkhâd
3044 - 3243
 
Númendil
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TAR-MÍRIEL
3117 - 3319
 
Ar-Pharazôn
3118 - 3319
 
Amandil
Sailed west 3316
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elendil
3119 - 3441
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isildur
3209 - T.A. 2
 
Anárion
3219 - 3440


[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

In one version of the Akallabêth, Míriel 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 of Númenor. 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.[3]

[edit] References

  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 Peoples of Middle-earth, "The History of the Akallabêth"