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The Castle of the Sea

The great ship of Ar-Pharazôn, last King of Númenor. Called the Castle of the Sea, it was golden and black and boasted many masts, and also many oars manned by slaves. In II 3319, defying of the warnings of the Valar and the storms sent by Manwë, Ar-Pharazôn placed his throne on the deck of Alcarondas, and led the fleet of the Great Armament out towards the West.

Ar-Pharazôn had planned to break the Ban of the Valar and lead that immense fleet against the Powers in Aman. His plan failed utterly: a chasm opened in the sea and the fleet, including Alcarondas, were drawn down into it and lost for ever. This was the cataclysm that brought about the Downfall of Númenor.

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