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The earliest possible King's Heir would have been invested c. II 161; the last possible Heir would have received the title c. II 32171
The seat of the Kings was at Armenelos2
Title of
The designated heirs of the Kings of Númenor


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King’s Heir

A royal title of Númenor

Title of the heir to the Kingship of Númenor, normally, but not necessarily, conferred on the reigning monarch's eldest son.



The only King's Heirs that are specifically recorded are those of Tar-Elendil, Tar-Meneldur and Tar-Aldarion, the fifth, sixth and seventh Kings of Númenor respectively. We know that announcing an Heir was already a tradition at this time, but we cannot be sure when that tradition started, nor how long it continued after Tar-Aldarion's time.

The earliest possible King's Heir would have been Vardamir Nólimon, the son of Elros Tar-Minyatur the first King. Since the Heirship was traditionally bestowed at the age of one hundred, for Vardamir this would have been in the year II 161. In fact Vardamir did not take up the Kingship, immediately resigning the Sceptre in favour of his own son Tar-Amandil, which casts some doubt on Vardamir's own status as an official Heir. Indeed, his precipitous abdication may have been the original reason that future Kings would announce a formal King's Heir.

The last King of Númenor, Ar-Pharazôn, had no offspring, so the last possible King's Heir would have been that of his predecessor Tar-Palantir. This would have been Tar-Palantir's daughter Tar-Míriel, who would have reached her hundredth year in II 3217. It is unclear whether she was ever officially designated King's Heir, but she was at least legally entitled to the position (though in the event of her father's death, the throne was in fact usurped by Ar-Pharazôn).


Though the King's Heirs were regularly associated with the royal city of Armenelos, they were not required to dwell there until they actually inherited the Sceptre and became King or Queen in their own right. There was at least one case (that of Meneldur) where the King's Heir explicitly dwelt elsewhere until the time of their accession.


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