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Annúminas
Annuminas
The city of Annuminas looking out over Lake Evendim
Place in Arda
Aliases None
Summary Seat of the Kings of Arnor
Built by Dúnedain
Realm Arnor
Arthedain
Capital Arnor
Reunited Kingdom
Lord Kings of Arnor

Kings of Reunited Kingdom

Type Capital City
Lifespan SA 3429TA 861

Annúminas was once the capital city of the Kingdom of Arnor. It was located in the land of Evendim ("evening twilight") along the southern shores of Nenuial (also known as Lake Evendim), the origin of the Brandywine River. The city was home to the Kings of Arnor and was founded by High King Elendil himself. It was the first capital of the chief Palantír of the North.

HistoryEdit

The city was founded by Elendil in S.A. 3320 shortly after his arrival in Lindon following the destruction of Númenor.[1] With the establishment of Arnor the city became the capital of the realm for several centuries; and was home to the Annúminas-stone, one of the three palantíri of the North-Kingdom,[2] and the Sceptre of Annúminas, originally the rod of office of the Númenórean Lords of Andúnië, the heirloom of and symbol of kingship in Arnor.

Due to losses in the war against Sauron and the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, the number of the Dúnedain of the North began to dwindle, until eventually Annúminas was deserted and Fornost Erain became the capital. After T.A. 861 the ruins of Annúminas belonged to the petty Arnorian successor kingdom of Arthedain.

The two relics which had been housed in Annúminas survived the city: The palantír remained for more than a millennium after the loss of its city, but was ultimately drowned with Arvedui in the cold northern seas. The silver Sceptre of Annúminas would have been removed to Fornost by the Kings, and eventually came to be kept by Elrond in Rivendell.
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Map of Evendim and surrounding areas.

The city survived for nearly a thousand years, but eventually it declined in population, the Kings of Arnor moved the capital to Fornost Erain sometime before the end of the Second Age, and eventually Annúminas was abandoned. By the end of the Third Age Annúminas had lain in ruins for more than 2,000 years. After the War of the Ring, early in the Fourth Age, Elessar (Aragorn) refounded the city and made it his northern capital. The king would often spend his time at Annúminas and meet his friends there.

Appearances in adaptationsEdit

Map - Annuminas

Map of Annúminas from The Lord of the Rings Online.

Annúminas, along with the Lake Evendim and Hills of Evendim is present in The Lord of the Rings Online. The city as partially sunken, as the waters of the Lake rose since the city was abandoned. What remains on the surface is available for exploration and adventuring.

It also appears in the game Battle for Middle earth 2 and is a playable map.

EtymologyEdit

Annúminas was a Sindarin word meaning 'West Tower'. In Quenya it was Núminas

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Hungarian Nyugat Tornya

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ReferencesEdit

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Tale of Years of the Second Age", p. 176
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"

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