Lord of Andúnië

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The Lord of Andúnië was the Númenórean lord who ruled the shoreland region of Andustar in western Númenor from the great city of Andúnië.[1]

Description[edit]

As rulers of one of the major regions of Númenor, the Lords of Andúnië were members of the Council of the Sceptre. Being the chief councellors of the Kings of Númenor, they were the second most honourable lords in the kingdom.[2][3] From their beginning, these lords revered and were ever-loyal to the Kings of Númenor; in addition to this, they had great love for the Eldar and the Valar.[3]

Their symbol of office was a silver sceptre which was afterwards held by the Kings of Arnor.[4] The house inherited the Ring of Barahir (given by Tar-Elendil to his daughter Silmarien),[5] the original Elendilmir from Silmariën,[6] and the palantíri of Amandil (gifted by the Eldar).[7]

History[edit]

Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor, was the first King whose eldest child was a daughter. Silmariën, as a woman, could not receive the Sceptre of Númenor at the time because of the law of succession that then existed in the realm; she could not succeed her father as Queen of Númenor and instead her younger brother, Tar-Meneldur, took up the Sceptre.[8] Instead, Silmariën married Elatan of Andúnië and their son was Valandil, who became the first of the Lords of Andúnië.[8]

When the Shadow fell on Númenor, the Lords remained Faithful to the Valar and covertly gave aid to the other Faithful, but retained their office.[3] They could not declare their true allegiance openly, but they attempted to dissuade the Kings of Númenor from their wickedness with wiser counsel.[3]

In these dark times, Lindórië, daughter of the 14th Lord of Andúnië, wed Gimilzagar, a descendant of Tar-Calmacil. Lindórië bore a daughter, Inzilbêth, and raised her in the ways of the Faithful.

Once grown to womanhood Inzilbêth wed Ar-Gimilzôr[9] and bore him two sons, Inziladûn and Gimilkhâd. She passed her Faithful ways on to her elder son Inziladûn, who took the throne as Tar-Palantir. He was the last Faithful King of Númenor.[3]

Amandil was the last Lord of Andúnië and a dear friend of Ar-Pharazôn in their youth. He was stripped of his titles for supporting the Faithful when Sauron came to power in Númenor. The Lordship of Andúnië was not revived before the Downfall claimed Númenor.[3]

Before the Downfall, a family of Faithful related to Elendil settled in Belfalas. After the Downfall Elendil granted the title Prince to the lord of that family who had a stronghold on the high promontory of Dol Amroth. From that ancient family arose the House of Dol Amroth and its hereditary Princes.[10]

Elendil, son of Amandil, escaped Númenor before the Downfall with his sons and followers. He and his sons Isildur and Anárion founded the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor when they arrived in Middle-earth. Though the Lordship of Andúnië would never return, the House of its Lords lived on into the Fourth Age in the distant descendants of Elendil, Aragorn and his son Eldarion.[5]

List of Lords[edit]

References

Númenor
Andor · Atalantë · Elenna · Mar-nu-Falmar · Númenórë · Westernesse
Regions Andustar · Arandor · Emerië · Forostar · Hyarastorni · Hyarnustar · Hyarrostar · Mittalmar · Nísimaldar · Orrostar
Towns and cities Almaida · Andúnië · Armenelos · Eldalondë · Nindamos · Ondosto · Rómenna
Buildings Calmindon · Eämbar · King's Court · Temple · White House of Erendis
Natural features Bay of Eldanna · Bay of Rómenna · Firth of Rómenna · Meneltarma (mountain) · Nísinen (lake) · North Cape · Nunduinë (river) · Oromet (mountain) · Siril (river) · Sorontil (mountain) · Tarmasundar (ridges) · Tompollë
Plants and trees Fragrant Trees · Lairelossë · Laurinquë · Lavaralda · Nessamelda · Nimloth · Oiolairë · Taniquelassë · Vardarianna · Yavannamírë
Heirlooms Aranrúth · Bow of Bregor · Dramborleg · Elendilmir · Narsil · Palantíri · Ring of Barahir · Sceptre of Annúminas · Sceptre of Númenor · Tile and Textiles · Helmet
Concepts Adûnaic · Ban of the Valar · Council of the Sceptre · Downfall of Númenor · Great Bear-dance · Númenórean Sindarin · Three Prayers (Eruhantalë · Erukyermë · Erulaitalë)
Key people Aldarion · Amandil · Elros (House of Elros) · Erendis · Faithful · Great Armament · Guild of Venturers · Guild of Weaponsmiths · Isildur · Kings and Queens of Númenor · King's Archers · King's Men · Lords of Andúnië · Meneldur · Miriel · Palantir · Pharazôn · Sauron · Silmariën
Main texts The Silmarillion ("Akallabêth") · Unfinished Tales ("A Description of the Island of Númenor" · "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife" · "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor") · The Lord of the Rings ("Appendix A" · "Appendix B") · The Nature of Middle-earth ("Lives of the Númenóreans" · "Of the land and beasts of Númenor")