Silmariën

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Silmariën
Númenórean
"Lady of Andunie" by Sara M. Morello
Biographical Information
LocationNúmenor
LanguageAdûnaic, Sindarin and Quenya
BirthS.A. 521[1]
Deathunknown (aged 109+)
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageTar-Elendil
SiblingsIsilmë and Tar-Meneldur
SpouseElatan
ChildrenValandil
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Silmariën

Silmariën was the first child of Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor and mother of the first Lord of Andúnië.

History

Silmariën was the eldest child of King Tar-Elendil and elder sister of Meneldur. However because of the Númenórean law of agnatic primogeniture that then existed in the Realm, she could not succeed her father as King of Númenor and instead her brother took up the Sceptre as Tar-Meneldur.[2]

Silmariën wed Elatan of Andúnië, and in honor of their son Valandil, her father created the royal title of Lord of Andúnië. Also, instead of giving this valuable heirloom to his heir, Tar-Elendil gave her the Ring of Barahir.[3] Silmariën also was given a mithril fillet.[4]

Legacy

Her heirs, coming of the royal line of Númenor[5], led the Faithful to Middle-earth to found the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor centuries later. Aragorn, the hero of the War of the Ring, is her direct descendant through many generations.

Her fillet would become part of the Elendilmir, a sign of royalty in Númenor and later the crown of the Kingdom of Arnor.[4]

Etymology

Silmariën's name is not given a translation, although its etymology is straightforward in Quenya. It may incorporate silma "silver, shining white;[6] crystal (white)[7]" and obviously ends in the feminine ending -rien, apparently a variant of -ien (see -riel).[8] The meaning therefore would be *"Maiden garlanded with shining light"

Genealogy

Tar-Amandil
192 - 603
Tar-Elendil
350 - 751
Elatan
unknown
SILMARIËN
b. 521
Isilmë
b. 532
Tar-Meneldur
543 - 942
Almarian
unknown
Valandil
b. 630
Tar-Aldarion
700 - 1098
Ailinel
b. 712
Almiel
b. 729
Lords of
Andúnië
Kings of
Númenor

Other versions of the legendarium

Silmariën was definitely the eldest child of Tar-Elendil, and her birthdate is given in The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor as S.A. 521.[1] In the Tale of Years, it is given as 548, a date that goes back to the first drafts of that text whose revision was overlooked by Tolkien.[9] This error was fixed in later editions of The Lord of the Rings.[10]

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 · Moriondë · 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 · Hallow of Eru · 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 · Heirship · Númenórean Sindarin · Three Prayers (Eruhantalë · Erukyermë · Erulaitalë)
Key people Aldarion · Amandil · Anárion · Captain of the King's Ships · Elendil · 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")