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ta'r tele'mnar
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Uncertain, but likely something like 'King, fire of heaven'1
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Tar-Telemnar

The Eldarin name of Ar-Gimilzôr

The twenty-third ruler of Númenor, and the fourth to take a royal name in Adûnaic rather than the traditional Elvish. Indeed, Ar-Gimilzôr broke strongly with Númenor's historic association with the Elves, banning them from travelling to the island, and prohibiting the use of their languages. It is ironic, then, that the Elvish form of his name is recorded: Tar-Telemnar. Ar-Gimilzôr's bans and prohibitions were overturned after his death by his elder son and Heir Tar-Palantir.


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1

Conventionally, the Elvish names of the later Kings of Númenor were translations or adaptations of their Adûnaic names, though in the case of Tar-Telemnar, this does not seem to hold in a literal sense. His Adûnaic name Gimilzór seems to mean 'star fire', whereas the Elvish version apparently contains telmë 'heaven', rather than a word for 'star'. The name is not therefore a direct translation, but the underlying idea of fire from the heavens is preserved in the Elvish version of the name.

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King of Númenor

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