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Amandil (Lord of Andúnië)

This article is about the father of Elendil. For the the third King of Númenor, see Tar-Amandil.
Amandil
Númenórean
Biographical Information
TitlesLord of Andúnië
PositionMariner
LocationNúmenor
AffiliationThe Faithful
LanguageQuenya and Sindarin
BirthBefore S.A. 3119
Sailed westS.A. 3110 or S.A. 3116
Rómenna
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageNúmendil
ChildrenElendil
Physical Description
GenderMale

Amandil was the eighteenth and last Lord of Andúnië in Númenor.[1] In common with his ancestors, Amandil was the leader of the Faithful, those Númenóreans who still revered the Valar in opposition to the King's Men. After the Downfall of Númenor, Amandil's son Elendil would found the Númenórean Realms in Exile.

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[edit] History

When he was young Amandil was a great friend of Ar-Pharazôn, who as King kept Amandil in his Council even though he was an Elf-friend. Amandil also gained early fame as a mighty sea-captain, and was held in honour by many due to the high nobility of his house.

However, after Ar-Pharazôn sailed to Middle-earth and took Sauron prisoner, the supposed captive gradually turned the King to his will. Seeing the favour bestowed upon Sauron, all of the King's counselors save Amandil began to fawn upon the former captive, who induced the King and his followers to begin worshiping Melkor. Amandil was dismissed from the Council and he withdrew to Rómenna, where he secretly gathered all of the Faithful.

When Amandil became aware of the purpose of the King to assault Aman he was filled with dread. He called his son Elendil to him and revealed his plan to sail into the West to seek aid from Manwë. Amandil made his preparations in secret lest dire punishment fall upon his house. He counseled his son to prepare ships to lie in the haven of Rómenna to escape when they saw their time. Upon his departure Amandil pretended to sail east before circling about to head west. He took with him three trusted servants but he and they were never heard from again.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Amandil means "Devoted to Aman" in Quenya (from -dil = "friend, lover, devoted to").

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
Númendil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AMANDIL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elendil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isildur
 
Anárion


[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

Elentir, intended to be a brother of Amandil, was a character developed but never fully adapted into the formal history of Númenor. In one version of the story of Ar-Pharazôn, his future wife Míriel, the daughter of the current king, was betrothed to Elentir. However, she fell desperately in love with Pharazôn and chose to become his queen when he took up the Sceptre of Númenor. This story is very different than the tale in the published The Silmarillion, where Ar-Pharazôn takes Míriel very much against her will in order to claim the Sceptre. In either case, Elentir disappeared before Nùmendil died, leaving Amandil as the Lord of Andúnië.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor", Tar-Elendil
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The History of the Akallabêth"
Amandil
House of Elros
Born: Before S.A. 3119 Died: S.A. 3110 or 3116
Preceded by:
Númendil
18th Lord of Andúnië
S.A. 3065 - c.3300
Followed by:
None
(stripped of Lordship)