Atanatar was born in the year TA 977. His wealth was so great that historians remarked that "precious stones are pebbles in Gondor for children to play with". He was also known as Atanatar Alcarin, "Atanatar the Glorious," (alcarin being the Quenya word for glorious), but the deeds of Atanatar weren't as glorious as his appellation would indicate. Atanatar made no effort to expand or maintain the power that his father commanded and the guard on Mordor was neglected. Therefore his reign is seen as the start of Gondor's decline before the War of the Ring.
Atanatar is Quenya for "father of man". It comes from the words atan, meaning "man" (usually in reference to mortal men), and atar, meaning "father".
|Kings of Gondor|
Elendil | Isildur | Meneldil | Cemendur | Eärendil | Anardil | Ostoher | Rómendacil I | Turambar | Atanatar I | Siriondil | Tarannon Falastur | Eärnil I | Ciryandil | Hyarmendacil I | Atanatar II Alcarin | Narmacil I | Calmacil | Rómendacil II | Valacar | Eldacar | Castamir the Usurper | Eldacar (restored) | Aldamir | Hyarmendacil II | Minardil | Telemnar | Tarondor | Telumehtar Umbardacil | Narmacil II | Calimehtar | Ondoher | Eärnil II | Eärnur | Aragorn II Elessar | Eldarion
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth: The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings: Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
- ↑ The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iv): "Gondor and the heirs of Anárion"