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Rómenna

Rómenna
Port
Matěj Čadil - Rómenna.jpg
"Rómenna" by Matěj Čadil
General Information
LocationArandor, eastern Númenor
TypePort
InhabitantsNúmenóreans, especially Faithful
GalleryImages of Rómenna

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 forced to relocate to Rómenna late in Númenor's history.

[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.[1] The main road of Númenor ran from Rómenna through Armenelos past Meneltarma and on to Andúnië on the west coast.[2]

[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 harbour.

Tar-Meneldur closed the shipyards in Rómenna during a dispute with his son Aldarion in S.A. 829. The shipyards were reopened in 843 and Aldarion repaired and expanded the harbour works and built sea-walls. Aldarion's wife Erendis died in the water at Rómenna in 985.[3]

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.[4] When Númenor was destroyed in 3319,[5] the Faithful led by Elendil boarded ships at Rómenna and escaped to Middle-earth.[4]

[edit] Etymology

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

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "[Map of] Númenórë"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Akallabêth: The Downfall of Númenor"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"