Leader of the Faithful in Númenor, Amandil came to be the eighteenth and last Lord of Andúnie. His life as Lord of Andúnie and as one of the Faithful sired the High Kings of Gondor and Arnor who preserved their ways through the Dúnedain of Middle-earth on up to Aragorn II Elessar.
When Pharazôn married Tar-Míriel and he took the Scepter of Númenor he became corrupted by his fathers counsel and Pharazôn and Amandil became estranged. Amandil, who was the leader of the Faithful in Númenor though not openly, supported the ban of the Valar and for the old traditions whereas Pharazôn followed the counsel of his father and that of his own will. Pharazôn deprived the Lords of Andúnië of their lordship due to their support of the old King Tar-Palantir and he commanded Amandil to dwell in Rómenna. Andúnië he took and made it to his chief harbour of his ships but he did not dismissed him from his council or in any other way molest him.
Sensing the impending doom of Númenor, he urged his son Elendil not to interfere in the upcoming war, but to expect, and prepare for, a forced departure from the island. He himself decided to set sail for Valinor, there to plead with the Valar for forgiveness and mercy for the Númenórean people, since at least a few had remained faithful.
He departed into the West in SA 3319, just before the Great Armament was ready to lauch in an attempt to reach Valinor and save Númenor. He set sail in a small ship with three servants dear to him (though no names are given for them) at night from Rómenna steering East, like it was his goal to reach Middle-earth, but soon he turned and journeyed into the West. He never returned, and was never heard from again.
Whether Amandil's voyage was successful is unknown, but soon after the destction of Númenor, a great wave carried Elendil's ships safely to Middle-earth, suggesting that his pleas were indeed heard.
Amandil's name means 'Lover of Aman' or perhaps 'Devoted to Aman' in Quenya.
In Tolkien's unfinished time-travel story "The Lost Road" Amandil has the name Valandil "friend of Gods", which for a high Court official in the later days of Pharazon was doubtless a bad idea. It is likely that Tolkien (though this is nowhere stated) intended Valandil to have discreetly changed his name to Amandil, still thus keeping his loyalty known but not so bluntly as Valandil would have done.
As Tolkien, had he finished it, was intending to work in the Seven Sleepers legend, Amandil and his three servants may well have been candidates for the Seven.
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- The Silmarillion pgs. 271-3, 275-6, 279, 292