The location of Armenelos on a map of Númenor

Armenelos, also known as Armenelos the Golden and City of the Kings, was the capital and (in later years) the largest city of Númenor.


Armenelos was situated in the east-central part of Númenor in the district called Arandor, the Kingsland, close to Meneltarma and the haven of Rómenna.

It was founded at the end of First Age or in the early Second Age, when the Edain first migrated to the island. Conceivably, Arandor was the first district settled after landing in a firth on the island that later led to the haven of Rómenna.

Armenelos was the site of the royal palace known as the King's House, reportedly built with the help of the Maiar who ministered and taught the Edain before the official founding of Númenor. Its completion, together with the coronation of Elros Tar-Minyatur as the first King of Númenor in SA 32, marked the beginning of the Númenorean realm.

Armenelos was destroyed together with the rest of Númenor in SA 3319 in the Fall of Númenor and the reshaping of Arda.[1][2][3]


Armenelos is a Quenya word that translates as 'Royal Fortress of the Heavens' or 'Royal-heaven-fortress'.[4]


  1. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  2. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, I: "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Second Age, "Númenor"
  4. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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