Elatan

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Elatan
Númenórean
Biographical Information
LocationAndúnië, Númenor
LanguageAdûnaic, Quenya, Sindarin
BirthBefore S.A. 630
Númenor
Family
SpouseSilmariën
ChildrenValandil
Physical Description
GenderMale

Elatan (Q, pron. [ˈɛlatan]) was a nobleman who lived in the city of Andúnië during the early centuries of Númenor. He wedded Silmariën, the daughter and eldest child of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor. Because of the law of agnatic primogeniture, Silmariën could not take the Sceptre. However, when Elatan and Silmariën had their first child, Valandil, Tar-Elendil created the title Lord of Andúnië to celebrate his first grandson. Valandil became the first Lord of Andúnië and Elatan's descendants would be titled noblemen.[1]

Elatan's descendants would figure prominently in the history of Middle-earth. After the Downfall of Númenor, Elendil, the son of the last Lord of Andúnië, would found the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor. Over thousands of years, Elatan would become the ancestor of Aragorn, the hero of the War of the Ring.

Etymology[edit]

Elatan is a Quenya name. Its meaning is not glossed, but Paul Strack suggests it means "Star Man" and is a compound of el ("star") and Atan ("Man").[2]

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
 
 
Tar-Amandil
192 - 603
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Elendil
350 - 751
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ELATAN
unknown
 
Silmariën
b. 521
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valandil
b. 630
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lords of
Andúnië
 
 


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