Eärendur (son of Tar-Amandil)

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The name Eärendur refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Eärendur (disambiguation).
Eärendur
Númenórean
Biographical Information
LocationNúmenor
LanguageAdûnaic, Sindarin and Quenya
BirthS.A. 361
Deathunknown (aged 151+)
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageTar-Amandil
SiblingsTar-Elendil and Mairen
ChildrenCaliondo
Physical Description
GenderMale

Eärendur (Q "sea-servant", pron. [ˌe.aˈrendur]) was the second son of Tar-Amandil, the third King of Númenor. His brother would take up the Sceptre as Tar-Elendil.[1]

Eärendur is best known by a historical event that did not happen. Tar-Elendil's grandson failed to produce a male heir and according to the Númenóreans' law of agnatic primogeniture the Sceptre should have passed to Eärendur's grandson Malantur. However, the law was abruptly changed so that the eldest child would become Ruler of Númenor. This allowed a female to take the Sceptre, which led to Tar-Ancalimë becoming the nation's first Ruling Queen.[2] Thus, had events played out differently, Eärendur's descendants would have become the royal line of Númenor.

Etymology

Eärendur is a Quenya name. It means "(professional) mariner".[3] As Paul Strack explains, a more literal translation might be "Servant of the Sea". It is a compound of eär ("sea") and -(n)dur ("servant").[4]

Genealogy

Vardamir Nólimon
S.A. 61 - 471
Tar-Amandil
192 - 603
Vardilmë
b. 203
Aulendil
b. 213
Nolondil
b. 222
Tar-Elendil
350 - 751
Vëantur
b. 451
EÄRENDUR
b. 361
Mairen
b. 377
Elatan
unknown
Silmariën
b. 521
Isilmë
b. 532
Tar-Meneldur
543 - 942
Almarian
unknown
Caliondo
512 - 900
Valandil
b. 630
Tar-Aldarion
700 - 1098
Ailinel
b. 712
Almiel
b. 729
Malantur
b. 670

References