Tar-Minastir (SA 1474 - SA 1873, r. SA 1731 - SA 1869) was the 11th ruler of Númenor. King during the War of the Elves and Sauron in the mid-Second Age, he helped defeat Sauron by sending a relief force to the aid of Gil-galad who was under siege in Middle-earth.
Sauron invaded Eriador from Calenardhon in SA 1695 and realms of Eregion fell. Sauron advanced to Lindon and Rivendell. In SA 1700 Tar-Minastir sent a navy under the command of Ciryatur, to save Lindon. Ciryatur's forces stopped Sauron's army at the river Gwathló; reinforcements from Lindon and Tharbad helped defeat Sauron at the Battle of the Gwathló. Battered but not utterly defeated Sauron retreated back to Mordor in SA 1701 swearing revenge.
His name means "Tower-watcher" in Quenya, which perhaps signifies "The Vigilant".
|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
- The Silmarillion pgs. 267 & 269
- Unfinished Tales pgs. 206, 220, 223, 226, 239, 265
- The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
- The Atlas of Middle-earth pg. 43