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The seat of the Rulers of Númenor was at Armenelos
ta'rr telpe'ri-en2 ('rr' indicates that the final r sound of 'Tar' should be distinctly pronounced)
'Queen Silver-daughter'


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Númenor’s second Ruling Queen


Rulers of Númenor

Ruling Queens of Númenor

The tenth ruler of Númenor was its second Ruling Queen: Tar-Telperiën. She was the eldest child of King Tar-Súrion, and became a proud and wilful Queen. What records we have of her reign state that she refused to wed, and so died without an heir. During her rule in Númenor, momentous events were taking place in Middle-earth; the Rings of Power were forged, and Sauron's armies swept through Eriador. It was left to Tar-Telperiën's successor, Tar-Minastir, to react to these events.

Tar-Telperiën ruled Númenor for one hundred and seventy-five years, and was succeeded by her nephew, the son of her younger brother Isilmo, who ruled as Tar-Minastir.



It was the custom among the earlier Rulers of Númenor that they should give up the Sceptre to their Heir before the end of their lives. As Tar-Telperiën both ceased to rule and died in the same year, II 1731, it might appear that she broke this tradition. In fact, she did abdicate her rule before the end of her life, but so soon beforehand that she died in the same year. It was not until the time of Tar-Atanamir, three generations later, that the Rulers abandoned this tradition altogether and began to rule until their deaths.


In Elvish pronunciation, the combination ie normally represents two distinct vowel sounds (i followed by e). So, the combination is pronounced as in English words like tier or pier, and not as a diphthong as in words like fiend or piece. This is particularly emphasised in Telperiën by the use of a diaeresis mark over the final 'e', so the name is pronounced as telpe'ri-en, not telpe'reen.


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