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Erendis

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Tar-Elestirnë
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Erendis, also known as The Mariner’s Wife, was the unhappy and later estranged wife of Tar-Aldarion, who was King of Númenor from SA 883 to SA 1098.

BiographyEdit

Erendis was born to Beregar and Núneth, who were descended from a minor branch in the Númenorean nobility of the House of Bëor. This was a lineage of lesser status then that of the royal house, thus enforcing a shorter lifespan upon her. She and her parents lived in the Númenorean land Emerië, a region she loved dearly.

She was in love with Aldarion for a long while before marrying him. They were betrothed in SA 858 and were finally married in SA 870 and had one child in the spring of SA 873, a daughter they named Ancalimë, the future Tar-Ancalimë who was the first of the Ruling Queens of Númenor. It seemed to Erendis that Aldarion was always away from her, and that she never had enough time with him before he went on another voyage. Aldarion was often late returning from his seafaring, which caused Erendis to suffer. Finally, Erendis became estranged from her husband, so great was her unhappiness with him.

She took her daughter to be raised on her farm in the countryside of her beloved land of Emerië. When Aldarion finally returned, he made decreed that his daughter be returned from her place of dwelling to live with him in Armenelos. Erendis grudgingly did as he commanded, but out of pride she never returned to him, and they were all but divorced SA 882. In SA 985, when she heard that Tar-Aldarion was returning from his last voyage, she apparently drowned herself in the Bay of Rómenna.[2][1]

Erendis by losse elda-d32ms3g

Erendis looking out at the sea, by Losse Elda

EtymologyEdit

Although there appears to be no definitive meaning, the name Erendis may have originated from the Noldorin words er ("one, alone") and dîs ("bride"), which would be prophetic for the unfortunate events of her life.[3]

Her Quenyan name was Tar-Elestirnë, meaning "Lady of the Star-brow", because of the white gem she set in a silver fillet which Aldarion bound to her forehead. She wore it for many years.[4]

House of ElrosEdit

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elros
Tar-Minyatur
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Vardamir
   
   
Tindómiel
   
   
Manwendil
   
   
Atanalcar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Amandil
   
   
Vardilmë
   
   
Aulendil
   
   
Nolondil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eärendur
   
   
Tar-Elendil
   
   
Mairen
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Vëantur
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elatan
   
   
Silmariën
   
   
Isilmë
   
   
Tar-Meneldur
   
   
Almarian
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Valandil
   
   
Erendis
   
   
Tar-Aldarion
   
   
Ailinel
   
   
Orchaldor
   
   
Almiel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Hallacar
   
   
Tar-Ancalimë
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Soronto
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Anárion
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Súrion
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Two daughters
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Telperiën
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Isilmo
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Minastir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Ciryatan
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Atanamir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Ancalimon
   
   
   
   
   
   
Unnamed child
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Telemmaitë
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Herucalmo
   
   
Tar-Vanimeldë
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Alcarin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Calmacil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Ardamin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gimilzagar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Adûnakhôr
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Zimrathôn
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Sakalthôr
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Gimilzôr
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Palantir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gimilkhâd
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Míriel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Pharazôn


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, II: "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  2. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, III: "The Line of Elros: The Kings of Númenor", from the founding of the City of Armenelos to the Downfall
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  4. Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, II: "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", Notes

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