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Rómenna

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Rómenna
Physical Description
TypeCity/Port
Locationeastern Númenor
RealmsNúmenor
InhabitantsNúmenóreans
General Information
Etymology"eastwards" in Quenya
ReferencesUnfinished Tales, The Silmarillion

The haven of Rómenna was the main seaport of Númenor situated on its east coast, through which much of the traffic with the old lands of Middle-earth passed. Many of the Faithful were relocated to Rómenna late in Númenor's history.

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[edit] Overview

Rómenna was located in the region of Arandor about 50 miles east of the capital city of Armenelos. The port stood on the south side of the Firth of Rómenna which opened onto the Bay of Rómenna and then onto the Sea. The main road of Númenor ran from Rómenna through Armenelos past Meneltarma and on to Andúnië on the west coast.

[edit] History

Rómenna was the greatest port in Númenor. There were large shipyards in Rómenna and the most highly skilled shipwrights worked there. The mariner Vëantur had a house with its own quay in Rómenna and Aldarion frequently came there and kept his ships in the harbor.

Tar-Meneldur closed the shipyards in Rómenna during a dispute with his son Aldarion in 829 of the Second Age. The shipyards were reopened in 843 and Aldarion repaired and expanded the harbor works and built sea-walls. Aldarion's wife Erendis died in the water at Rómenna in 985.

During the reign of Ar-Gimilzôr (3102-3175), many of the Faithful of Númenor were forced to relocate from Andúnië to Rómenna so the King's Men could keep watch on them. More were drawn there by Amandil, the leader of the Faithful during the reign of Ar-Pharazôn. When Númenor was destroyed in 3319, the Faithful led by Elendil boarded ships at Rómenna and escaped to Middle-earth.

[edit] Etymology

The name Rómenna means "eastwards" in Quenya from rómen meaning "east" and the suffix -nna indicating movement towards.

[edit] References