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Annúminas

Annúminas
Physical Description
TypeCity
LocationEriador, shores of Lake Nenuial
RealmsArnor
Arthedain
Reunited Kingdom
InhabitantsNorthern Dúnedain
General Information
EtymologyS annún = "west", minas = "tower"

Annúminas was the city of the Kings of Arnor before the capital of the North Kingdom was relocated to Fornost Erain. The city lay on the southeast shore of Lake Nenuial, near the source of the Baranduin river. To the south and west of Annúminas rose the Hills of Evendim.[1]

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[edit] History

The city was founded by Elendil shortly after his arrival in Lindon following the destruction of Númenor. With the establishment of Arnor the city became the capital of the realm for several centuries; and was home to the Annúminas-stone, one of the three palantíri of the North-Kingdom,[2] and the Sceptre of Annúminas, originally the rod of office of the Númenórean Lords of Andúnië, the heirloom of and symbol of kingship in Arnor.[3]

Due to losses in the war against Sauron and the Battle of the Gladden Fields, the number of the Dúnedain of the North began to dwindle, until eventually Annúminas was deserted and Fornost Erain became the capital.[4][note 1] After T.A. 861 the ruins of Annúminas belonged to the petty Arnorian successor kingdom of Arthedain.

The two relics which had been housed in Annúminas survived the city: The palantír remained for more than a millennium after the loss of its city, but was ultimately drowned with Arvedui in the cold northern seas.[3] The silver Sceptre of Annúminas would have been removed to Fornost by the Kings, and eventually came to be kept by Elrond in Rivendell.[5]

At the time of the coronation of King Elessar at the end of the Third Age Annúminas had lain in ruins for more than two thousand years. Yet Aragorn soon set his mind to preparing a place to stay in the ancient city. Aragorn sometimes came North to his house in Annúminas restored and stayed for a while beside Lake Evendim, and when that happened everyone in the Shire was said to be glad.[3]

[edit] Appearances in adaptations

A view of Annuminas (The Lord of the Rings Online)

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The city of Annúminas is available for exploration and adventuring in its entirety. It is partially submerged in the waters of the lake and is overrun by servants of Angmar, who invaded the city looking for instructions to operate its Palantir. A group of the Dunedain of the North, calling themselves Wardens of Annuminas, strives to preserve the ancient city of their ancestors and its rich history, taking fight against Angmarim forces, Tomb-Robbers seeking to plunder ancient relics and even the forces of nature itself when necessary. The city is situated on the hill slope and as such is presented as a multi-leveled place akin to Minas Tirith: travelers are constantly going either uphill or downhill to reach their destination. Inside the city are several market places, living quarters, pools, gardens and other artifacts of everyday life. At the highest point is the King's Seat of power - the chamber of Ost Elendil. To the east of the city lies the Way of Kings - a row of tombs where Kings of Arnor reside, including a ceremonial Tomb of Elendil, where some of his belonging are buried in memory of the city's founder.

Notes

  1. Robert Foster, in The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, suggested that the city was deserted sometime between T.A. 250 and 861. The latter date is when the kingdom of Arnor fractured into three separate successor kingdoms.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"