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The rightful Heir to Tar-Palantir

"And last of all the mounting wave, green and cold and plumed with foam, climbing over the land, took to its bosom Tar-Míriel the Queen..."

Ruling Queens of Númenor

The daughter of King Tar-Palantir, whom the laws of Númenórean succession would have made her father's Heir, and therefore the fourth Ruling Queen of Númenor. On Tar-Palantir's death, however, her cousin Pharazôn forced her into marriage, and took the Sceptre of Númenor for himself, becoming known as Ar-Pharazôn the Golden.

If Tar-Míriel had become Queen, Númenor may have emerged from under its dark years under the King's Men. With Ar-Pharazôn as King, however, the land descended farther into corruption. At Sauron's persuasion, the King went so far as to lead a fleet against Valinor itself, and in punishment the realm of Númenor was destroyed. Legend said that Tar-Míriel sought to reach the peak of the Meneltarma before the end, but the waters took her as she climbed the slopes of the Holy Mountain.

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