Soronto

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Soronto
Númenórean
Biographical Information
LocationNúmenor
BirthS.A. 799
Deathunknown (aged 204+)
Family
Housedescended from the House of Hador and the House of Elros
ParentageOrchaldor and Ailinel
Physical Description
GenderMale

Soronto was a Man of the royal lineage of Númenor, the grandson of Tar-Meneldur and son of Ailinel, a sister of Tar-Aldarion. He lived during the later years of the first millennium of the Second Age.[1] His father was Orchaldor, a descendant of the House of Hador.[2]

Before Tar-Aldarion changed the Law of Succession in Númenor only the son of the King could be the King's heir or, if he had no son, then the nearest male kinsman of male descent from Elros Tar-Minyatur would be King. This meant that Malantur (grandson of Tar-Elendil's younger brother Eärendur) was in line for the Sceptre. After Tar-Aldarion changed the law, his daughter Ancalimë could become the ruler of Númenor. But because of a clause in the changed law that said that the Queen had to marry in order to keep her position and could not die childless, Soronto apparently remained hopeful of receiving the Sceptre. However, despite Tar-Ancalimë's reluctance to wed, she did eventually marry, to spite Soronto and kept him from taking her place. Once her son Anárion was born Soronto's hopes were completely dashed.[2]

Etymology

Soronto is a Quenya name. Its meaning is not glossed, but Paul Strack suggests the first element seems to be soron ("eagle").[3]

Genealogy

Tar-Elendil
350 - 751
Vëantur
b. 451
Tar-Meneldur
543 - 942
Almarian
unknown
Hatholdir
unknown
Erendis
771 - 985
Tar-Aldarion
700 - 1098
Almiel
b. 729
Ailinel
b. 712
Orchaldor
unknown
Tar-Ancalimë
873 - 1285
Hallacar
852 - 1211
SORONTO
b. 799
Tar-Anárion
1003 - 1404

References