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Presumably made for the accession of Elros Tar-Minyatur in II 321; destroyed with Ar-Pharazôn in II 3319
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Sceptre of Númenor

The royal symbol of Númenor

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In Númenor, the power of the Kings and Queens was symbolised not by a crown, but by a Sceptre, held by Elros Tar-Minyatur and all his ruling descendants to the time of Ar-Pharazôn. Among the early Kings, it was normal to voluntarily surrender the Sceptre to an Heir, but this tradition was abandoned in later years. Ar-Pharazôn carried the Sceptre with him when he sailed to attack Blessed Realm, and it was lost with the King and all his armies. In Middle-earth, the exiled Númenóreans maintained this tradition, and their High King held the Sceptre of Annúminas, which had been the symbol of the Lords of Andúnië in Númenor.


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The earliest reference we have to the Sceptre is at the end of Elros' reign, when his son Vardamir passed it on to his own son, Tar-Amandil. This shows that Elros must have held it at some time, and it seems most likely to have been created especially for the beginning of his reign.

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