The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien


About this entry:

  • Updated 2 December 2006
  • Updates planned: 2

The Unwilling

A title of Tar-Atanamir

It was tradition among the earlier Kings of Númenor that, when their long lives at last reached old age, they would give up their lives voluntarily and pass the Kingship on to their Heir. This tradition came to an end with Tar-Atanamir, the thirteenth ruler of the Isle, who refused to relinquish his life or his rule. For this reason, he is called The Unwilling. After Tar-Atanamir's time, the old ways were abandoned, and the Kings and Queens of Númenor would hold the Sceptre until last moments of their lives.

See also...


For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Website services kindly sponsored by Axiom Software Ltd.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 2006. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.