The Sceptre of Annúminas was the chief mark of royalty of the North-kingdom of Arnor in Eriador in Middle-earth during the Third Age.


The Sceptre of Annúminas was a silver rod originally borne by the Lords of Andúnië in Númenor, and it was patterned after the sceptre of the King of Númenor. The sceptre of the Kings was lost with Ar-Pharazôn in the destruction of Númenor in 3319 of the Second Age.[1] But Elendil, the last Lord of Andúnië, took his sceptre with him when he escaped from Númenor and came to Middle-earth and founded the Kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor. While the Kings of Gondor wore a crown, the Kings of Arnor bore the sceptre. It became known as the Sceptre of Annúminas, the original capital of the North-kingdom. After the North-kingdom was divided in 861 the sceptre passed to the Kings of Arthedain, and then, after Arthedain ceased to exist in 1974, to the Chieftains of the Dúnedain. Since the Dúnedain were a wandering people, the sceptre and other heirlooms were kept at Rivendell, home of Elrond.

By the end of the Third Age, the Sceptre of Annúminas was over 5,000 years old and was the oldest artifact of Men in Middle-earth, barring the Ring of Barahir which was gifted to Barahir by the Elven king Finrod Felagund in the First Age as a symbol of the eternal friendship between men and elves. On Midsummer's Eve of 3019, Elrond brought the Sceptre of Annúminas to Minas Tirith and gave it to Aragorn, King Elessar, of the Reunited Kingdom of Gondor and Arnor.[2]

Etymology Edit

The Sceptre of Annúminas was so named because the Kings of Arnor initially ruled from the city of Annúminas. The name Annúminas means "tower of the west." A sceptre, or scepter, is a staff held by a king as an emblem of authority.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Scepter van Annúminas
Albanian Skeptër i Annúminas
Azerbaijani Annúminas skeptron
Basque Annuminas zetro
Belarusian Cyrillic Аннуминаса Скіпетр
Bosnian Annúminas žezlo
Bulgarian Cyrillic Жезъл на Аннуминас
Catalan Ceptre de Annúminas
Cebuano Ang setro ni Annúminas
Croatian Žezlo od Annúminas
Czech Žezlo Annúminas
Danish Scepter af Annúminas
Dutch Scepter van Annúminas
Esperanto Sceptro de Annúminas
Estonian Annúminas Scepter
Finnish Annúminasin valtikka
French Sceptre d'Annúminas
Frisian Scepter fan Annúminas
Galician Cetro de Annúminas
Georgian ანნუმინასი სკიპტრა
German Zepter von Annúminas
Greek Σκήπτρο του Αννυμινας
Haitian Creole Scepter de Annúminas
Italian Scettro di Annúminas
Kannada ಆನ್ನುಮಿನಸ ರಾಜದಂಡ
Korean 왕홀 안누 미스의
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Аннуминас таягы
Latvian Annìminas skeptras
Luxembourgish Zepter vu Annúminas
Norwegian Septer av Annúminas
Polish Berło Annúminas
Portuguese Cetro de Annúminas
Romanian Sceptru de Annúminas
Russian Скипетр Аннуминаса
Serbian Ануминас Жезло ? (Cyrillic) Anuminas Žezlo ? (Latin)
Slovak Žezlo Annúminas
Slovenian Annúminas žezelj ?
Spanish Cetro de Annúminas
Swedish Spira av Annúminas
Tamil ஆணுமிநஸ் செங்கோல்
Telugu ఆన్నుమినస స్కెప్టర్
Thai คทาอะโครโปรลิส
Turkish Annúminas'ın asası
Ukrainian Cyrillic Аннумінаса Скі́петр
Uzbek Аннúминасъин таёқ (Cyrillic) Annúminas'in tayoq (Latin)
Vietnamese Chó đánh hơi của Annúminas
Yiddish סצעפּטער פון אַנומינאַס


  1. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Two, III: "The Line of Elros, The Kings of Númenor"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter V: "The Steward and the King"