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Soronto

Soronto
Númenórean
Biographical Information
LocationNúmenor
BirthS.A. 799
Family
HouseHouse of Elros
ParentageOrchaldor and Ailinel
Physical Description
GenderMale

Soronto was a Man of the royal lineage of Númenor, the grandson of Tar-Meneldur and son of Ailinel, a sister of Tar-Aldarion. He lived during the later years of the first millennium of the Second Age.[1] His father was Orchaldor, a descendant of the House of Hador.[2]

Before Tar-Aldarion changed the Law of Succession in Númenor only the son of the King could be the King's heir or, if he had no son, then the nearest male kinsman of male descent from Elros Tar-Minyatur would be King. This meant that Malantur (grandson of Tar-Elendil's younger brother Eärendur) was in line for the Sceptre. After Tar-Aldarion changed the law, his daughter Ancalimë could become the ruler of Númenor. But because of a clause in the changed law that said that the Queen had to marry in order to keep her position and could not die childless, Soronto apparently remained hopeful of receiving the Sceptre. However, despite Tar-Ancalimë's reluctance to wed, she did eventually marry, to spite Soronto and kept him from taking her place. Once her son Anárion was born Soronto's hopes were completely dashed.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Soronto's name apparently means "Man of the Eagle" in Quenya (from soron, 'eagle', and the masculine suffix -to).

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
Tar-Meneldur
 
Almarian
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Erendis
 
Tar-Aldarion
 
Ailinel
 
Orchaldor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Ancalimë
 
Hallacar
 
SORONTO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Anárion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", "The earlier generations of the Line of Elros"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"