|"He Knew Her For Erendis" by Peter Xavier Price|
|Other names||Anardil (Q), Anardilya|
|Titles||King of Númenor|
Lord of the Ships and Havens of Númenor
Master of the Forests
|Affiliation||Guild of Venturers|
|Language||Adûnaic, Quenya and Sindarin|
|Birth||April, S.A. 700 |
|Rule||S.A. 883 - 1075 (192 years)|
|Death||S.A. 1098 (aged 398)|
|House||House of Elros|
|Parentage||Tar-Meneldur and Almarian|
|Siblings||Ailinel and Almiel|
|Gallery||Images of Tar-Aldarion|
- "Aldarion, for so he is called in all tales, grew swiftly to a man of great stature, strong and vigorous in mind and body, golden-haired as his mother, ready to mirth and generous, but prouder than his father and ever more bent on his own will."
- ― Unfinished Tales, Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife
Tar-Aldarion was the sixth King of Númenor, whose major accomplishments were his expansion of Númenor's maritime traditions and his Middle-earth explorations. He was married to Erendis, a Númenórean woman of lesser status than Aldarion himself, and therefore she had a shorter life-span. Aldarion's love for the sea ultimately caused a rift between the couple. The tale of their marriage and estrangement survived the Downfall of Númenor as "Aldarion and Erendis" or "The Mariner's Wife".
The Great Mariner
His first love was the sea, and he was already a great explorer before he became king, leading his crew in long voyages to Middle-earth, mostly against the wishes of his family. Aldarion created the Guild of Venturers, whose quarters were on the ship Eämbar. He made several journeys to Middle-earth and established a friendship with Gil-galad in Lindon. A visionary man, he saw the threat coming from Sauron upon the races of Elves and Men alike, so he built a vital Númenórean port in Middle-earth, at the mouth of the river Gwathló. It was named Vinyalondë and parts of it survived into the Third Age as the port of Lond Daer.
At his command, numerous ships were built, among which 3 were mentioned more often:
- Eämbar, the "Sea-Home", headquarters for the Guild of Venturers
- Palarran, the "Far Wanderer", which served him in many voyages
- Hirilondë, the "Haven-finder", largest in Númenor
Around that time, the Drúedain who were living in Númenor became uneasy when Tar-Aldarion started his great travels and urged him not to go, foreseeing the mischief to come. They did not succeed and one after another they took ships towards Middle-earth. Indeed under his reign the deforesting of Enedwaith and Minhiriath began.
Aldarion and Erendis
Even before they were wed, Aldarion's love for the sea would prove to be Erendis' rival. In their conversations it is often stated that, for Erendis' part, Lady Uinen was her foe, while Aldarion's was the Vala Oromë, referring to his wife's love for the forests and all growing things on the Island of Númenor. Such opposing characters led to the breaking of their marriage, one important factor in their separation being Aldarion's voyages, which kept him away from home for long years. Though in the end, as it is revealed in the letter sent by Gil-galad and read by King Meneldur, Aldarion was right to pursue his explorations, Erendis could not be convinced to renounce her pride and reconcile with him.
His only child was a daughter, Tar-Ancalimë, so he changed the Law of Succession, replacing the principle of agnatic primogeniture with that of absolute cognatic primogeniture and she became the first ruling Queen of Númenor.
700 birth725-27 first voyage to Middle-earth (Mithlond)730-33 second voyage to Middle-earth (Mithlond)735-739 third voyage ; Aldarion explore the coasts southwards, till the great Bay of Belfalas740-50 2 voyages 750 the Guild of Venturers is founded750-800 many long voyages (+ de 4 ans mais moins de 14 ans , sans doute moins de 10 ans) ; Vinyalondë is founded800 Aldarion is proclaimed King's Heir806-13 Aldarion's seven year voyage816-20 first voyage of the Palarran ; Aldarion offers a diamond to Erendis824-29 voyage of seven ships in defiance of Tar-Meneldur, he comes back with 9 because 2 have been made in Vinyalondë ; Vinyalondë overthrown by sea and plundered by hostiles Men between 824 and 829829-843 voyage of fourteen years with 3 ships that followed immediately on the last846 Aldarion and Erendis encountered under woods850 Voyage around Numenor with Erendis858 Aldarion and Erendis are betrothed863-69 voyage undertaken by Aldarion after his betrothal ; he finds Vinyalondë wholly ruined because of the sea despite all his labours to restore it. 870 wedding873 birth of Ancalimë877-82 first voyage of the Hirilondë882 breach with Erendis883 Aldarion receive the Sceptre of Númenor883-1000 last voyages of Aldarion ; meeting with Galadriel at Tharbad ; works that he begins again at Vinyalondë are never completed, and the sea gnaw them
Aldarion (stem Aldariond-) signifies "Son of the trees" (alda + -ion) 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.[source?]
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", Tar-Aldarion
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix D: The Port of Lond Daer"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Drúedain"
House of Elros
|6th King of Númenor|
S.A. 883 - 1075
|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|