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Race
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Family
Descended from, or married into, the House of Elros
Settlements
The royal seat of Númenor was at Armenelos
Pronunciation
Númenor is pronounced 'noo'menorr'
Meaning
Númenor means 'land in the west'
Other names
The three Queens who ruled Númenor in their own right were known as Ruling Queens of Númenor
Title of
Almarian, Erendis, Tar-Ancalimë, Tar-Míriel, Tar-Telperiën, Tar-Vanimeldë, and nineteen2 other unnamed Queens

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Queen of Númenor

The ruler of Númenor, or its King’s consort

Five Kings from
Elros Tar-Minyatur
to Tar-Meneldur
Tar-Aldarion
Erendis
Tar-Ancalimë
Hallacar
Tar-Anárion
Tar-Súrion
Tar-Telperiën
Isilmo
Five Kings from
Tar-Minastir to
Tar-Telemmaitë
Tar-Anducal
Tar-Vanimeldë
Seven Kings from
Tar-Calmacil to
Ar-Gimilzôr
Tar-Palantir
Ar-Pharazôn
Tar-Míriel
The line of descent of the three Ruling Queens of Númenor (whose names are shown in bold here). Also shown is the descent of the rightful fourth Ruling Queen, Tar-Míriel, whose throne was usurped by her cousin Ar-Pharazôn.

Strictly a title of the spouse of any King of Númenor, but especially used of the three Queens who ruled by their own power: Tar-Ancalimë, Tar-Telperiën and Tar-Vanimeldë. For a detailed list of the three Queens who ruled in their own right, see the entry for Ruling Queen of Númenor.


Notes

1

We have little detailed information for Queens who did not play a direct part in history, and dating is therefore difficult. II 32 is the year that Elros became Tar-Minyatur, the first King of Númenor. For dating purposes we assume that he had a Queen at that point, though in fact no consort is ever explicitly identified. Elros' eldest child Vardamir was born several decades later, so conceivably he may have married after taking the throne. All we can say with absolute certainty is that there was a Queen by II 61, the year of Vardamir's birth.

Similarly, it seems unlikely that there was a completely unbroken line of Queens throughout Númenor's history. From what little we know of this aspect of Númenórean culture, the King's Heir did tend to marry before assuming the throne, and there was a nearly unbroken line of descent (on which see note 2 below) so in general there would have been a Queen throughout Númenor's history. There may have been breaks in the line due to late marriages or early deaths, though we have a record of only one such case. After the death of Ruling Queen Tar-Vanimeldë, her consort (against custom and law) held the Sceptre for himself for twenty years before his son Tar-Alcarin succeeded. Even this is a doubtful case, since Tar-Alcarin was nonetheless the rightful King during this period; he already had a son, and therefore there was a rightful Queen, legally speaking, throughout this period.

One date we can be sure of is the end of the last Queen's reign. In the Akallabêth, the account of Númenor and its Downfall, Ar-Pharazôn's Queen Tar-Míriel is the last character we see in Númenor before it is overwhelmed by the ocean. So we can date the end of the last Queen with certainty as II 3319, the date of the Downfall of Númenor.

2

There were twenty-five Rulers of Númenor across its history, and of these only three were Ruling Queens (Tar-Ancalimë, Tar-Telperiën and Tar-Vanimeldë) leaving twenty-two Kings. The line of Rulers remained almost unbroken, and so we can be sure that each King had at least one Queen. We know the names of three of these remaining, non-Ruling, Queens (Almarian, Erendis and Tar-Míriel) leaving a further nineteen Kings whose Queens' names we do not know. In principle, one or more of these Kings might have remarried, so there may have been more than nineteen unnamed Queens, but if so, no suggestion of any such remarriage is recorded.

The line of Rulers was in fact broken twice. The first case was Queen Tar-Telperiën, who remained unwed and had no children, being succeeded by her nephew Tar-Minastir. In the second case, Tar-Palantir's true heir was his daughter Tar-Míriel, who would lawfully have become the fourth Ruling Queen, but her throne was usurped by her cousin Ar-Pharazôn. Neither of these cases affects the number of unnamed Queens.

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