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Biographical Information
BirthS.A. 521[1]
SiblingsIsilmë, Tar-Meneldur
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Silmariën

Silmariën was the first child of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor. Because of the law of agnatic primogeniture, she could not succeed her father and instead her brother took up the Sceptre as Tar-Meneldur.[2][3]

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[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. 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 = Elatan   Isilmë    Tar-Meneldur = Almarian
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       Valandil                        Tar-Aldarion


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. 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.


  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. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B