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Tar-Vanimeldë

Tar-Vanimeldë
Númenórean
Juliana Pinho - Tar-Vanimelde.png
"Tar-Vanimelde" by Juliana Pinho
Biographical Information
TitlesRuling Queen of Númenor
LocationNúmenor
BirthS.A. 2277[1]
RuleS.A. 2526 - 2637 (111 years)[1]
DeathS.A. 2637[1] (aged 360)
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageTar-Telemmaitë[2]
SpouseHerucalmo[1]
ChildrenTar-Alcarin[1]
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Tar-Vanimeldë

Tar-Vanimeldë was the daughter of Tar-Telemmaitë and the sixteenth Ruler of Númenor; the third and last Ruling Queen.[1]

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[edit] History

Tar-Vanimeldë gave little thought to the practicalities of government, preferring music and dancing. The day-to-day affairs of state she left to her husband Herucalmo, who was of noble descent himself (of the same degree from Tar-Atanamir), and who effectively ruled Númenor while his wife held the Sceptre.[1]

When she died, her son Alcarin should have taken up the Sceptre, but Herucalmo refused to give up his power. Instead, though he had no legal claim to the throne, he took the name Tar-Anducal and ruled as King for the next twenty years. After Herucalmo's death, the kingship passed back to its rightful heir, his son, who became Tar-Alcarin.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Vanimeldë is a Quenya name. Its meaning is not glossed, but Paul Strack suggests that it may mean "elven-fair" as a feminised form of vanimelda ("beautiful and beloved", "elven-fair").[3] Like all the rulers of Númenor who took their royal names in Quenya, Vanimeldë added the prefix tar- ("high") to her name when he received the Sceptre.[4]

[edit] Genealogy

Tar-Atanamir
1800 - 2221
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Ancalimon
1986 - 2386
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Telemmaitë
2136 - 2526
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TAR-VANIMELDË
2277 - 2637
 
Tar-Anducal
2286 - 2657
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Alcarin
2406 - 2737
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Calmacil
2516 - 2825
 
 


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", entry XVI Tar-Vanimeldë
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", entry XV Tar-Telemmaitë
  3. Paul Strack, "Q. Vanimeldë f.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 25 December 2021)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", first paragraph and entry I to XXV
Tar-Vanimeldë
House of Elros
Born: S.A. 2277 Died: S.A. 2637
Preceded by:
Tar-Telemmaitë
16th Ruler/3rd Ruling Queen of Númenor
S.A. 2526 - 2637
Followed by:
Tar-Alcarin (de jure)
Tar-Anducal (de facto)

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