|"Queen Ancalime the Princess Shepherdess" by Sara M. Morello|
|Other names||Emerwen Aranel (Q, "Princess Shepherdess")|
|Titles||Ruling Queen of Númenor|
|Language||Adûnaic, Sindarin and Quenya|
|Birth||S.A. 873 |
|Rule||S.A. 1075 - 1280 (205 years)|
|Death||S.A. 1285 (aged 412)|
|House||House of Elros|
|Parentage||Aldarion and Erendis|
|Gallery||Images of Tar-Ancalimë|
History[edit | edit source]
When Ancalimë was four years old her father Aldarion left his family to return to the sea. When he did, his wife Erendis took Ancalimë from Armenelos to be raised in the pastures of Emerië. Ancalimë's only childhood companion was Zamîn and she saw few men. Her mother sought to feed her daughter with her own bitterness towards men.
She withdrew to the countryside of Emerië, rejecting all of the many suitors who sought her royal hand. While she was dwelling in the sheep-lands of Númenor she acquired the title Emerwen Aranel, which is Quenya for "Princess Shepherdess".
Though she rejected her courting nobles, she grew close to a shepherd by the name of Mámandil, but after a while Ancalimë was angered to discover that Mámandil was no shepherd, but another noble suitor, Hallacar son of Hallatan of Hyarastorni.
Both Tar-Ancalimë and Hallacar were fifth-generation descendants of Tar-Vardamir, and the marriage was more one of politics than of love. The Queen aimed to produce of an heir in order to prevent her first cousin Soronto from ascending the throne if she died childless.
Ancalimë had forbidden her serving-women to marry, but Hallacar arranged their weddings and a wedding feast at his house in Emerië in secret and invited Ancalimë. When Ancalimë arrived with her serving-women and learned the true nature of the feast, she was furious and refused to attend. It was too far for her to ride back alone, so she listened to the laughter of the feast from her chamber alone, imagining it to be mockery directed at her. Afterwards Ancalimë hated Hallacar.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Ancalimë (pron. [aŋˈkalime]) is a Quenya name. Its meaning is not glossed, but Paul Strack suggests it means "Brightest" as a feminised form of ancalima ("brightest"),, which consists of the superlative or intensive prefix an- and the element calima ("bright"). It is possible that her parents gave her this name, because she was beautiful even from birth. Like all the rulers of Númenor who took their royal names in Quenya, Ancalimë added the prefix tar- ("high") to her name when she received the Sceptre.
Genealogy[edit | edit source]
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", The Further Course of the Narrative
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", entry VII Tar-Ancalimë
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", entry VI Tar-Aldarion
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
- J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 297, (dated August 1967) paragraph about the name Eärendil
- Paul Strack, "Q. Ancalimë f.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 22 December 2021)
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", first paragraph and entry I to XXV
House of Elros
|7th Ruler/1st Ruling Queen of Númenor|
S.A. 1075 - 1280
|Kings of Númenor|
|Elros Tar-Minyatur (S.A. 32 - 442) · Tar-Vardamir* (442) · Tar-Amandil (442 - 590) · Tar-Elendil (590 - 740) · Tar-Meneldur (740 - 883) · Tar-Aldarion (883 - 1075) · Tar-AncalimëQ (1075 - 1280) · Tar-Anárion (1280 - 1394) · Tar-Súrion (1394 - 1556) · Tar-TelperiënQ (1556 - 1731) · Tar-Minastir (1731 - 1869) · Tar-Ciryatan (1869 - 2029) · Tar-Atanamir (2029 - 2221) · Tar-Ancalimon (2221 - 2386) · Tar-Telemmaitë (2386 - 2526) · Tar-VanimeldëQ (2526 - 2637) · Tar-Anducal† (2637 - 2657) · Tar-Alcarin (2657 - 2737) · Tar-Calmacil (2737 - 2825) · Tar-Ardamin (2825 - 2899) · Ar-Adûnakhôr (2899 - 2962) · Ar-Zimrathôn (2962 - 3033) · Ar-Sakalthôr (3033 - 3102) · Ar-Gimilzôr (3102 - 3177) · Tar-Palantir (3177 - 3255) · Ar-Pharazôn‡ (3255 - 3319)|
|* Immediately abdicated in favour of his son · Q Ruling Queens · † Usurped throne. Later struck off the Line of Kings · ‡ Usurped throne from his cousin Tar-Míriel|