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Born II 203
Uncertain; perhaps 'devoted to Varda'1
Other names
Also given as Vardilyë2


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Sister to King Tar-Amandil

One of the four children of Vardamir Nólimon, and thus a granddaughter of Elros Tar-Minyatur himself. Vardilmë had three brothers, of whom the eldest became King of Númenor with the royal name Tar-Amandil. Vardilmë's younger brothers were Aulendil and Nolondil, both of whom founded noble lines of their own. Note that the form of Vardilmë's name is not absolutely certain, and some sources spell it as Vardilyë.



The name Vardilmë is not explained, but it seems likely to contain a reference to the Vala Varda. Many of Vardilmë's immediate family had names relating to the Valar (such as her brother Aulendil, or her nephew Oromendil, whose names connect them to the Valar Aulë and Oromë, respectively). The connection is even more direct for her father Vardamir, and doubtless this influenced the choice of name for Vardilmë. The full meaning of the name, including the -ilmë ending, is less clear, but it perhaps represents a contracted feminine form with the meaning 'devoted to Varda' (where the masculine equivalent would probably be Vardandil).


Christoper Tolkien notes in his introduction to Unfinished Tales that Vardilyë appears as an alternative spelling of the name. It apparently represents an earlier variant, later replaced by Vardilmë.

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