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heroonoo'men
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Directly equivalent to Adûnakhôr, but this King was more commonly known as Ar-Adûnakhôr or Tar-Herunúmen
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Herunúmen

'Lord of the West'

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A shortened version of 'Tar-Herunúmen', the Quenya name of Ar-Adûnakhôr. He was the first of Númenor's Kings to break entirely with tradition and separate his people from their ancient friendship with the Undying Lands. His name is a token of this, first in that he took the Sceptre naming himself in his native Adûnaic tongue, and second in that the name he chose meant 'Lord of the West', a title of the Valar, which was considered blasphemous by many.

The Quenya version of this name was not used in public life, but was recorded in the Scroll of Kings out of deference or fear. It comes from two roots, heru meaning 'master' or 'lord', and númen, 'west' (seen for example in the name of Númenor itself).


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