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Tar-Aldarion

Biographical information

Other names
Anardil, Aldarion[1], Anardilya
Titles
The Mariner, The "Great Captain",[2] Lord of the Ships and Havens of Númenor Master of the Forests[2], and King of Númenor
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Tar-Aldarion was the sixth King of Númenor, and succeeded his father, Tar-Meneldur. Tar-Aldarion was married to Erendis, a Númenórean woman, who was not quite of the same status as Aldarion himself, and therefore had a shorter life-span. Aldarion's love for the sea ultimately caused a rift between the couple and they separated SA 882. [1] The tale of their marriage and estrangement survived the Downfall of Númenor as "Aldarion and Erendis, or The Mariner's Wife".

BiographyEdit

Tar-Aldarion was called "The Mariner", and his name signifies "of the trees" because he was a noted tree steward and forester — trees were essential to the construction of his fleets, but he took great care to replenish what was being felled. His first love was the sea, and he was already a great explorer before he became king. He made several journeys to Middle-earth and established contact with Gil-galad in his realm in the Grey Havens making friendship and alliance with him. He also established a vital Númenorean port in Middle-earth, named Vinyalonde (New Haven). He built the great haven of Lond Daer on the river Gwathló, and under his reign the deforesting of Enedwaith and Minhiriath began.[3]

His only child was a daughter, Tar-Ancalimë, so he changed the rules of succession, replacing the principle of agnatic primogeniture with that of fully equal primogeniture. She became the first ruling Queen of Númenor. If the law hadn't been changed then the throne would have passed to his sister's son Soronto, heir presumptive at the time.

The partial story of Aldarion and Erendis can be found in Tolkien's Unfinished Tales, (ed. Christopher Tolkien). Though the actual story was left incomplete, the book does give some hints on how it continued. The story also contains the first hints of the return of the Shadow, i.e. Sauron, to Middle-earth.[4][2]

EtymologyEdit

Aldarion is Quenya which means "Son of trees" from alda ("trees")[5] and -ion ("son").[6]

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

Rulers of Númenor

Elros Tar-Minyatur | Vardamir Nólimon | Tar-Amandil | Tar-Elendil | Tar-Meneldur | Tar-Aldarion | Tar-Ancalimë | Tar-Anárion | Tar-Súrion | Tar-Telperiën | Tar-Minastir | Tar-Ciryatan | Tar-Atanamir | Tar-Ancalimon | Tar-Telemmaitë | Tar-Vanimeldë | Tar-Anducal (Herucalmo) | Tar-Alcarin | Tar-Calmacil | Tar-Ardamin | Ar-Adûnakhôr | Ar-Zimrathôn | Ar-Sakalthôr | Ar-Gimilzôr | Tar-Palantir | Ar-Pharazôn

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Unfinished Tales: The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor, Tar-Aldarion pg. 219
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Unfinished Tales: Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife
  3. Unfinished Tales: The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, "Appendix D: The Port of Lond Daer" pg. 262
  4. Unfinished Tales: A Description of the Island of Númenor
  5. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  6. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 5: The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"

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