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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 and mother of the first Lord of Andúnië.



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]


Her heirs, coming of the royal line of Númenor[5], 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.

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


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

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.[8]




  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. Helge Fauskanger, "Quettaparma Quenyallo" dated 25 December 2008, Ardalambion (accessed 24 October 2021)
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"