Tar-Ardamin

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Tar-Ardamin
Númenórean
Biographical Information
Other namesAr-Abattârik (A)[1]
TitlesKing of Númenor
LocationNúmenor
AffiliationKing's Men
LanguageAdûnaic; used Quenya out of custom
BirthS.A. 2618[1]
RuleS.A. 2825 - 2899 (74 years)[1]
DeathS.A. 2899[1] (aged 281)
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageTar-Calmacil[2]
SiblingsGimilzagar[3]
ChildrenAr-Adûnakhôr[4]
Physical Description
GenderMale

Tar-Ardamin (pron. [taˈrardamin]) or Ar-Abattârik was the nineteenth ruler of Númenor.[1]

History[edit]

Tar-Ardamin was the penultimate king of Númenor who took the sceptre with a royal name in Quenya. He was called Ar-Abattârik in Adûnaic.[1] His son Ar-Adûnakhôr abandoned the old tradition of using an official Quenya name, and used Adûnaic in his official name.[4]

Etymology[edit]

Ardamin is a Quenya name. Its meaning is not glossed, but as Paul Strack suggests it means "World Tower" as a compound of Arda ("world") and mind(don) ("tower").[5] Like all the rulers of Númenor who took their royal names in Quenya, Ardamin added the prefix tar- ("high") to his name when he received the Sceptre.[6]

Abattârik is an Adûnaic name. Its meaning is not glossed, but Paul Strack suggests it means "World Pillar" with the last element târik ("pillar") and that the first element may mean "World". Andreas Möhn suggests that this element is likely aban with the final n altered to t in the compound according to the rules of Adûnaic assimilation.[7] The meaning of the Adûnaic prefix Ar- is not glossed, but Paul Strack suggests it means "king" and is a prefixal form of ârû ("king") or derived from the same root.[8]

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
Tar-Alcarin
2406 - 2737
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Calmacil
2516 - 2825
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TAR-ARDAMIN
2618 - 2899
 
Gimilzagar
b. 2630
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ar-Adûnakhôr
2709 - 2962
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ar-Zimrathôn
2798 - 3033
 
 
 
 


Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

It should be said that there is some doubt over the character of Ar-Abattârik. He is listed in the detailed annals of The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor as the son of Tar-Calmacil and father of Ar-Adûnakhôr,[4] but in Appendix A I (i) to The Lord of the Rings, the relevant section of the King-lists[9] appears like this:

"...Tar-Calmacil. After Calmacil the Kings took the sceptre in names of the Númenorean (or Adûnaic) tongue: Ar-Adûnakhôr..."
Appendix A I (i)

It seems most likely, as Christopher Tolkien suggests, that this omission is probably a simple mistake, and that Tar-Ardamin or Ar-Abattârik should appear in the list at this point.[10]

References

Tar-Ardamin
House of Elros
Born: S.A. 2618 Died: S.A. 2899
Preceded by:
Tar-Calmacil
19th King of Númenor
S.A. 2825 - 2899
Followed by:
Ar-Adûnakhôr


Kings of Númenor
Elros Tar-Minyatur (S.A. 32 - 442) · Tar-Vardamir* (442) · Tar-Amandil (442 - 590) · Tar-Elendil (590 - 740) · Tar-Meneldur (740 - 883) · Tar-Aldarion (883 - 1075) · Tar-AncalimëQ (1075 - 1280) · Tar-Anárion (1280 - 1394) · Tar-Súrion (1394 - 1556) · Tar-TelperiënQ (1556 - 1731) · Tar-Minastir (1731 - 1869) · Tar-Ciryatan (1869 - 2029) · Tar-Atanamir (2029 - 2221) · Tar-Ancalimon (2221 - 2386) · Tar-Telemmaitë (2386 - 2526) · Tar-VanimeldëQ (2526 - 2637) · Tar-Anducal (2637 - 2657) · Tar-Alcarin (2657 - 2737) · Tar-Calmacil (2737 - 2825) · Tar-Ardamin (2825 - 2899) · Ar-Adûnakhôr (2899 - 2962) · Ar-Zimrathôn (2962 - 3033) · Ar-Sakalthôr (3033 - 3102) · Ar-Gimilzôr (3102 - 3177) · Tar-Palantir (3177 - 3255) · Ar-Pharazôn (3255 - 3319)
* Immediately abdicated in favour of his son · Q Ruling Queens · Usurped throne. Later struck off the Line of Kings · Usurped throne from his cousin Tar-Míriel