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The seat of the Kings of Númenor was at Armenelos
Pronunciation
a'mandeel2
Meaning
'Devoted to Aman'
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This Amandil is not to be confused with Amandil the father of Elendil, who lived much later in the history of Númenor

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Amandil

Eldest son and heir of Vardamir Nólimon

The son of Vardamir Nólimon and grandson of the founding King of Númenor, Elros Tar-Minyatur. All of the Númenóreans had extraordinarily long lives for mortal Men, but Tar-Minyatur was long-lived even by Númenórean standards. Thus Amandil was two hundred and fifty years old when his grandfather laid down his life, and the Kingship passed to Amandil's father Vardamir.

By this time Vardamir was extremely old even for one of the Númenóreans, and so refused the Kingship and passed the royal Sceptre directly to his son. Amandil thus became Tar-Amandil, the third King of Númenor, and he ruled for 148 years before passing on the Sceptre in turn to his own son, who became Tar-Elendil the fourth King. Amandil lived on for a further thirteen years, finally giving up his life in II 603 at the age of 411.


Notes

1

There are some legal complexities surrounding Amandil's accession to the Kingship. When his grandfather Tar-Minyatur died in II 442, the natural heir was Amandil's father Vardamir, but Vardamir chose to immediately abdicate in favour of Amandil. So, in practice, Amandil became King Tar-Amandil in that year. Formally, though, Vardamir Nólimon was held to have ruled for a year before giving up the throne, so in official records the reign of Tar-Amandil began a year later, in II 443.

2

The placement of stress within an Elvish name depends on the nature of the penultimate syllable, and whether that syllable is followed by more than one consonant. In the English spelling of Amandil, the combination -nd- places the stress on the penult, and thus the name would be stressed as 'ama'ndeel'. In Elvish writing, however, nd is represented by a single character ando, so to an Elvish speaker (such as Amandil himself) the name would be stressed as 'a'mandeel'.

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