Eärendur (son of Tar-Amandil)
|Language||Adûnaic, Sindarin and Quenya|
|Birth||S.A. 361 |
|Death||unknown (aged 151+) |
|House||House of Elros|
|Siblings||Tar-Elendil and Mairen|
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. Thus, had events played out differently, Eärendur's descendants would have become the royal line of Númenor.
Eärendur is a Quenya name. It means "(professional) mariner". 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").
S.A. 61 - 471
192 - 603
350 - 751
543 - 942
512 - 900
700 - 1098
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", "The earlier generations of the Line of Elros"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor"
- J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Note 118 to Letter 297, (dated August 1967)
- Paul Strack, "Q. Eärendur m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 29 October 2021)