Valandil (Lord of Andúnië)

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Valandil
Númenórean
Biographical Information
TitlesLord of Andúnië
LocationAndúnië
AffiliationCouncil of the Sceptre
LanguageAdûnaic, Sindarin, Quenya
BirthS.A. 630
Deathunknown (aged 240+)
Family
Housefounded the House of the Lords of Andúnië
ParentageSilmariën and Elatan
Physical Description
GenderMale

Valandil was the son of Elatan of Andúnië and Silmariën, the eldest daughter of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor.[1][2]

History

When the time came for Tar-Elendil to relinquish the Sceptre of Númenor it did not pass on to Silmariën or her sister Isilmë; instead it went to Tar-Elendil's third child Meneldur.[note 1]

As Silmarien or Valandil could not become Kings of Númenor, Tar-Elendil instead made Valandil the first of the Lords of Andúnië, who ruled the city in Andustar in western Númenor and were held in the highest honor after the Kings.[3][4] As a ruler of one of the divisions of Númenor Valandil was also a member of the Council of the Sceptre,[5] a position that was inherited by his descendants.[4]

Valandil was a close cousin of Aldarion and twice hosted feasts for him in Andúnië, on the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Guild of Venturers and again in midsummer of S.A. 870 when the newly wedded Aldarion and Erendis visited. Valandil once attempted to honor Erendis with the name Uinéniel, but Erendis rejected the title.[1]

In time, one of the descendants of Valandil was Elendil,[6] the first High King of the Dúnedain in Middle-earth. Elendil's son was Isildur and from his line, many generations later, came Aragorn.

Etymology

Valandil is a Quenya name. It means "Lover of the Valar".[7] It is a compound of vala ("Vala") and -(n)dil ("lover", "friend").[8]

It has the same meaning as the Old English name Óswine.[9]

Genealogy

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
Elendil
3119 - 3441

Notes

  1. The royal law of succession at that time (actually an unquestioned inherited custom) stated that the Sceptre was to be inherited by the Ruler's eldest son.
    In Aldarion and Erendis we learn that later, Tar-Meneldur's son Tar-Aldarion altered the law so that the eldest child of the King, whether man or woman, would receive the Sceptre. Had this law existed when Tar-Elendil relinquished the Sceptre, Silmariën would have been the first Ruling Queen and Valandil and his descendants would have been the rulers of Númenor.

References

Valandil
House of the Lords of Andúnië
Born: S.A. 630 Died: after S.A. 870
None
position created
1st Lord of Andúnië
S.A. 630 - S.A. ?
Unknown
eventually Eärendur