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Lord of the West

A rare shortened form of the name Ar-Adûnakhôr, taken by the twentieth King of Númenor. This name was seen as an act of rebellion against the Elves and the Valar, because the Númenórean Kings had traditionally taken their names from the High-elven tongue, whereas Adûnakhôr came from their native Adûnaic language. In fact, the name Adûnakhôr was a double challenge to the old traditions, because its meaning, 'Lord of the West' was traditionally a title reserved for one of the Valar.

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