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Shyangell - Princess Silmarien.jpg
Biographical Information
LanguageAdûnaic, Sindarin and Quenya
BirthS.A. 521[1]
HouseHouse of Elros
SiblingsIsilmë and Tar-Meneldur
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Silmariën
Silmariën was the first child of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor. Because of the Númenórean law of agnatic primogeniture that then existed, she could not succeed her father and instead her brother took up the Sceptre as Tar-Meneldur.[2]

Silmariën wed Elatan of Andúnië, and in honor of their son Valandil, her father created the royal title of Lord of Andúnië. Thus her heirs came of the royal line of Númenor[3], and centuries later they led the Faithful to Middle-earth to found the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor. Aragorn, the hero of the War of the Ring, is her direct descendant through many generations.

For unknown reasons Tar-Elendil gave his eldest daughter the Ring of Barahir, as opposed to her brother, the heir to the Sceptre.[4] Silmariën also was given a mithril fillet, though it is not recorded by whom. The fillet would become part of the Elendilmir, a sign of royalty in Númenor and later the crown of the Kingdom of Arnor.[5]





Silmariën's name is difficult to translate, but might mean "She of the Shining Light" in Quenya (an assimilation of silima = the miraculous material that the Silmarils were made of, and -iën = feminine suffix).

Other versions of the legendarium

Silmariën was definitely the eldest child of Tar-Elendil, and her birthdate is given in The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor as S.A. 521.[1] In the Tale of Years, it is given as 548, a date that goes back to the first drafts of that text whose revision was overlooked by Tolkien.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Númenor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor", Note 2
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"