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'''Silmariën''' (born [[Second Age]] 521) was the first child of [[Tar-Elendil]], the fourth [[King of Númenor]]. Because of the law of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnatic_primogeniture agnatic primogeniture], she could not succeed her father and instead her brother took up the [[Sceptre]] as [[Tar-Meneldur]].
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'''Silmariën''' was the first child of [[Tar-Elendil]], the fourth [[King of Númenor]] and mother of the first [[Lords of Andúnië|Lord of Andúnië]].  
  
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 became a royal line of [[Númenor]], and centuries later they led the [[Faithful]] to [[Middle-earth]] to found the Kingdoms of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]]. [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]], the hero of the [[War of the Ring]], is her direct descendant through ''many'' generations.
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==History==
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Silmariën was the eldest child of King Tar-Elendil and elder sister of Meneldur. However because of the [[Númenóreans|Númenórean]] law of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnatic_primogeniture agnatic primogeniture] that then existed in the Realm, she could not succeed her father as King of Númenor and instead her brother took up the [[Sceptre]] as [[Tar-Meneldur]].<ref name="UTWife">{{UT|Wife}}</ref>
  
For unknown reasons Tar-Elendil gave his eldest daughter the [[Ring of Barahir]], as opposed to her brother, the heir to the Sceptre. 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]].
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Silmariën wed [[Elatan]] of [[Andúnië]], and in honor of their son [[Valandil (Lord of Andúnië)|Valandil]], her father created the royal title of [[Lords of Andúnië|Lord of Andúnië]]. Also, instead of giving this valuable heirloom to his heir, Tar-Elendil gave her the [[Ring of Barahir]].<ref>{{UT|Numenor}}, Note 2</ref> Silmariën also was given a ''[[mithril]]'' fillet.<ref name=gladden>{{UT|Gladden}}</ref>
  
Silmariën's name is difficult to translate, but might be a feminine contraction of "She of the Shining Light" in [[Quenya]] (from ''[[silima]]'' = the miraculous material that the [[Silmarils]] were made of, and ''-[[iën]]'' = feminine suffix).
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==Legacy==
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Her heirs, coming of the royal line of [[Númenor]]<ref>{{App|Numenor}}</ref>, led the [[Faithful]] to [[Middle-earth]] to found the Kingdoms of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]] centuries later. [[Aragorn]], the hero of the [[War of the Ring]], is her direct descendant through ''many'' generations.
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Her fillet would become part of the [[Elendilmir]], a sign of royalty in [[Númenor]] and later the crown of the Kingdom of [[Arnor]].<ref name=gladden/>
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== Etymology ==
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Silmariën's name is not given a translation, although its etymology is straightforward in [[Quenya]]. It may incorporate ''silma'' "silver, shining white;<ref>{{LR|Etymologies}}, entry [[SIL]]</ref> crystal (white)<ref>{{PE|17}}, p.23</ref>" and obviously ends in the feminine ending ''-rien'', apparently a variant of ''-ien'' (see ''-[[riel]]'').<ref>{{webcite|author=[[Helge Fauskanger]]|articleurl=http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/quen-eng.htm|articlename=Quettaparma Quenyallo|dated=December 25, 2008|website=Arda |accessed=}}</ref> The meaning therefore would be *"Maiden garlanded with shining light"
  
 
== Genealogy ==
 
== Genealogy ==
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'''SILMARIËN''' = [[Elatan]]  [[Isilmë]]   [[Tar-Meneldur]] = [[Almarian]]
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        [[Valandil of Númenor|Valandil]]                       [[Tar-Aldarion]]
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==Other versions of the legendarium==
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Silmariën was definitely the eldest child of Tar-Elendil, and her birthdate is given in [[The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor]] as {{SA|521}}.<ref name="UTKing"/> In the [[Appendix B|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.<ref>{{App|SA}}</ref> This error was fixed in later editions of ''The Lord of the Rings''.<ref>{{App|SA|50}}</ref>
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Silmariën
Númenórean
Sara M. Morello - Lady of Andunie.jpg
"Lady of Andunie" by Sara M. Morello
Biographical Information
LocationNúmenor
LanguageAdûnaic, Sindarin and Quenya
BirthS.A. 521[1]
Deathunknown (aged 109+)
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageTar-Elendil
SiblingsIsilmë and Tar-Meneldur
SpouseElatan
ChildrenValandil
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Silmariën

Silmariën was the first child of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor and mother of the first Lord of Andúnië.

Contents

[edit] History

Silmariën was the eldest child of King Tar-Elendil and elder sister of Meneldur. However because of the Númenórean law of agnatic primogeniture that then existed in the Realm, she could not succeed her father as King of Númenor 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. Also, instead of giving this valuable heirloom to his heir, Tar-Elendil gave her the Ring of Barahir.[3] Silmariën also was given a mithril fillet.[4]

[edit] Legacy

Her heirs, coming of the royal line of Númenor[5], led the Faithful to Middle-earth to found the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor centuries later. Aragorn, the hero of the War of the Ring, is her direct descendant through many generations.

Her fillet would become part of the Elendilmir, a sign of royalty in Númenor and later the crown of the Kingdom of Arnor.[4]

[edit] Etymology

Silmariën's name is not given a translation, although its etymology is straightforward in Quenya. It may incorporate silma "silver, shining white;[6] crystal (white)[7]" and obviously ends in the feminine ending -rien, apparently a variant of -ien (see -riel).[8] The meaning therefore would be *"Maiden garlanded with shining light"

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Amandil
192 - 603
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Elendil
350 - 751
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elatan
unknown
 
SILMARIËN
b. 521
 
Isilmë
b. 532
 
Tar-Meneldur
543 - 942
 
Almarian
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valandil
b. 630
 
Tar-Aldarion
700 - 1098
 
Ailinel
b. 712
 
Almiel
b. 729
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lords of
Andúnië
 
Kings of
Númenor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


[edit] 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.[9] This error was fixed in later editions of The Lord of the Rings.[10]

References

  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, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor", Note 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Númenor"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entry SIL
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p.23
  8. Helge Fauskanger, "Quettaparma Quenyallo" dated 25 December 2008, Ardalambion (accessed 27 October 2021)
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniv. Ed.), Appendix B, "The Second Age"
Númenor
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Regions Andustar · Arandor · Emerië · Forostar · Hyarastorni · Hyarnustar · Hyarrostar · Kingsland · Mittalmar · Nísimaldar · Orrostar
Towns and cities Almaida · Andúnië · Armenelos · Eldalondë · Nindamos · Ondosto · Rómenna
Buildings Calmindon · Eämbar · King's Court · Temple · White House of Erendis
Natural features Bay of Eldanna · Bay of Rómenna · Firth of Rómenna · Meneltarma (mountain) · Nísinen (lake) · North Cape · Nunduinë (river) · Oromet (mountain) · Siril (river) · Sorontil (mountain) · Tarmasundar (ridges) · Tompollë
Plants and trees Fragrant Trees · Lairelossë · Laurinquë · Lavaralda · Nessamelda · Nimloth · Oiolairë · Taniquelassë · Vardarianna · Yavannamírë
Heirlooms Aranrúth · Bow of Bregor · Dramborleg · Elendilmir · Narsil · Palantíri · Ring of Barahir · Sceptre of Annúminas · Sceptre of Númenor · Tile and Textiles · Helmet
Concepts Adûnaic · Ban of the Valar · Council of the Sceptre · Downfall of Númenor · Númenórean Sindarin · Ruxöalë · Three Prayers (Eruhantalë · Erukyermë · Erulaitalë)
Key people Aldarion · Amandil · Elros (House of Elros) · Erendis · Faithful · Guild of Venturers · Isildur · Kings and Queens of Númenor · King's Men · Lords of Andúnië · Meneldur · Miriel · Palantir · Pharazôn · Sauron · Silmariën
Main texts The Silmarillion ("Akallabêth") · Unfinished Tales ("A Description of the Island of Númenor" · "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife" · "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor") · The Lord of the Rings ("Appendix A" · "Appendix B") · The Nature of Middle-earth ("Lives of the Númenóreans" · "Of the land and beasts of Númenor")