The Great Armament refers to the vast military build-up conducted between the years SA 3310 and SA 3319 by Ar-Pharazôn and his loyal soldiers, to assail the Valar and claim immortality from them.


For a period of nine years, many loyal shipwrights and armorers toiled in workshops and drydocks building ships and forging weapons of war. Much of the work seems to have been performed in the western part of Númenor in or near the harbors, since that is where the ships would launch from. The armament was possibly the greatest armament in the history of Arda at the time until perhaps the days of the Last Alliance over one-hundred years later. It included a vast armada of sturdy warships and no doubt thousands of heavily armed soldiers. The flagship of the armada was the Alcarondas and the sea throne of the king while on his journey.

The fleet and the troops of the Armament reached the Undying Lands surrounding Tol Eressëa and its armies reaching Túna, but it would lead to nothing but doom. The Valar called upon Eru himself and the fleet of the Armament was swept into the vast rift created by the Change of the World and drowned, and Ar-Pharazôn and his troops were buried under an avalanche of falling rocks or hills.[1][2][3]

For many years, Ar-Pharazôn and his Great Armament was all that was generally remembered and known in later ages by men living in Middle-earth.[4]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Albanian Përgatitje për luftë i madh
Arabic عظيم التسلح
Armenian Մեծ սպառազինություն
Azerbaijani Böyük silahlanma
Basque Armamentu Handia
Belarusian Cyrillic Вялікае ўзбраенне
Bengali গ্রেট আর্মামেন্ট
Bulgarian Cyrillic Голямо въоръжение
Catalan Armament de gran
Chinese 伟大的武器
Croatian Veliki naoružanje
Czech Velká vyzbrojení
Estonian Suur relvastumine
Filipino Dakilang armamento
Finnish Suuri aseistus
French Grand armement
German Große Kriegsstärke
Greek Μεγάλος οπλισμός
Hebrew עָצוּם הְתחַמְשׁוּת
Hungarian Nagy fegyverzet
Indonesian Persenjataan Besar
Italian Grande armamento
Japanese 大武装
Kazakh Үлкен қару-жарақ (Cyrillic) Ülken qarw-jaraq (Latin)
Kannada ಗ್ರೇಟ್ ಆರ್ಮ್ಮೆಂಟ್
Korean 위대한 군비
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Чоң оймо
Laotian ອາວຸດທີ່ຍິ່ງໃຫຍ່
Latvian Lielas bruņojuma
Lithuanian Puiki apsiginklavimas
Luxembourgish Grousser bewaffnung
Macedonian Cyrillic Големо наоружување
Malaysian Perlengkapan Besar
Marathi ग्रेट आर्ममेंट
Mongolian Cyrillic Их зэвсэглэл
Nepalese महान आश्रम
Persian بزرگ جنگ افزار
Polish Świetne uzbrojenie (Great Armament)

Wielka Armada (Great Armada)

Portuguese Grande Armamento
Punjabi ਮਹਾਨ ਆਰਮਾਮੈਂਟ
Serbian Велики наоружање (Cyrillic) Veliki naoružanje (Latin)
Sinhalese මහා අවිආයුධ
Slovak Veľký zbrojenie
Slovenian Velika oborožitev
Spanish Gran Armamento
Tajik Cyrillic Калон бооружение
Tamil பெரிய போர் தளவாடம்
Telugu గ్రేట్ అర్మమెంట్
Thai อาวุธยุทธภัณฑ์ที่ยอดเยี่ยม
Uzbek Ажойиб қуролланиш (Cyrillic) Ajoyib qurollanish (Latin)


  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, "Voyages of the Númenóreans"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King