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Biographical Information
Other namesTar-Telemnar (Q)
TitlesKing of Númenor
AffiliationKing's Men
BirthS.A. 2960
RuleS.A. 3102 - 3177 (75 years)
DeathS.A. 3177 (aged 217)
HouseHouse of Elros
ChildrenInziladûn and Gimilkhâd
Physical Description

Ar-Gimilzôr was the twenty-third King of Númenor and the grandfather of Ar-Pharazôn, the last King. He was a great enemy of the Faithful, and persecuted them during his reign because he was suspicious of their ties to the Elves of Tol Eressëa.[1]

[edit] History

Ar-Gimilzôr completely outlawed the use of the Elven tongues once he came to power. In addition, he punished those of the Faithful who still welcomed the Elven ships that came from Eressëa, because he considered these Elves to be the "spies of the Valar", whose influence he despised. Eventually, Ar-Gimilzôr's distrust of the Faithful caused him to exile them to the east of Númenor, near the haven of Rómenna. There he kept them under surveillance.

Because of Ar-Gimilzôr's harsh treatment of them, the Faithful began leaving Númenor in increasing numbers and settling near Pelargir, their haven in Middle-earth. However, those who stayed in Númenor until its Downfall would eventually be grateful for one of Ar-Gimilzôr's policies: the chief population of the Faithful had been in the west of Númenor before the King had commanded them to move east. Because the Faithful came to the eastern side of the island before the destruction of Númenor, they were able to escape the disaster and sail to Middle-earth.[2]

In addition to his heavy-handed policies against the Faithful, Ar-Gimilzôr completely neglected traditions long held even by the rebellious Kings before him, such as the tending of the White Tree of Númenor. The beautiful Tree, a symbol of the ancient friendship between Númenor and the West, fell into a decline. Ar-Gimilzôr was also the first of the Kings to never ascend the Meneltarma and display reverence to Eru.

Ar-Gimilzôr wed a woman "of great beauty", whose name was Inzilbêth. He did not know at the time that she herself was of the Faithful, and thus later in their marriage "there was small love between them". Inzilbêth passed on her beliefs to their elder son Inziladûn, whereas their second son Gimilkhâd was much more like his father. Ar-Gimilzôr would thus have preferred to see the Sceptre go to the hand of his younger son, but he could not change the laws of Númenor, and was succeeded by Inziladûn, who took the Quenya name of Tar-Palantir.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Gimilzôr in Adûnaic means "star flame", from gimil ("silver") and zôr ("flame"); which in Quenya is Tar-Telemnar.

Gimilzôr is also given as the Adûnaic name of Elros "star-foam", since zôr also means "foam".

[edit] Genealogy

2798 - 3033
14th Lord
of Andúnië
2876 - 3102
2960 - 3177
16th Lord
of Andúnië
3035 - 3255
3044 - 3243
3117 - 3319
3118 - 3319
Sailed west 3316

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Ar-Gimilzôr's date of death is given by the Tale of Years as Second Age 3175[3] but by The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor as Second Age 3177.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
House of Elros
Born: S.A. 2960 Died: S.A. 3177
Preceded by:
23rd King of Númenor
S.A. 3102 - 3177
Followed by:

Kings of Númenor
Elros Tar-Minyatur (S.A. 32 - 442) · Tar-Vardamir* (442) · Tar-Amandil (442 - 590) · Tar-Elendil (590 - 740) · Tar-Meneldur (740 - 883) · Tar-Aldarion (883 - 1075) · Tar-AncalimëQ (1075 - 1280) · Tar-Anárion (1280 - 1394) · Tar-Súrion (1394 - 1556) · Tar-TelperiënQ (1556 - 1731) · Tar-Minastir (1731 - 1869) · Tar-Ciryatan (1869 - 2029) · Tar-Atanamir (2029 - 2221) · Tar-Ancalimon (2221 - 2386) · Tar-Telemmaitë (2386 - 2526) · Tar-VanimeldëQ (2526 - 2637) · Tar-Anducal (2637 - 2657) · Tar-Alcarin (2657 - 2737) · Tar-Calmacil (2737 - 2825) · Tar-Ardamin (2825 - 2899) · Ar-Adûnakhôr (2899 - 2962) · Ar-Zimrathôn (2962 - 3033) · Ar-Sakalthôr (3033 - 3102) · Ar-Gimilzôr (3102 - 3177) · Tar-Palantir (3177 - 3255) · Ar-Pharazôn (3255 - 3319)
* Immediately abdicated in favour of his son · Q Ruling Queens · Usurped throne. Later struck off the Line of Kings · Usurped throne from his cousin Tar-Míriel