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Born II 4511
Vëantur's house was on the southern shores of the bay of Rómenna in eastern Númenor
ve-a'ntoorr (where 'rr' indicates that the final 'r' sound should be pronounced)


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The great adventurer of Númenor


A famous navigator of early Númenórean history, who served as Captain of the King's Ships under Tar-Elendil, the fourth King of Númenor. He was the first of the Númenóreans to achieve the voyage back to Middle-earth, reaching the Grey Havens in his ship Entulessë in the six hundredth year of the Second Age.



We know that Vëantur lived until at least II 727, when he returned from his last voyage to Middle-earth. Given his date of birth, and the typical long Númenórean lifespan at the time, he might have lived to about the year II 750, and possibly beyond.


Vëantur's name is not explained. Given his profession as a mariner, an interpretation along the lines of 'sea-lord' seems appropriate, and indeed vëa is recorded as a rare Elvish word for 'sea'. This connection is supported somewhat by Vëandur, the original name of Isildur's third son, which was later changed to Ciryon, a name that clearly contains the element for 'ship'. Vëa could also mean 'wind', which might also be suggestive for a captain of sailing vessels.

As an unrelated alternative, in Elvish vëa was more usually an adjective meaning 'manly' or 'vigorous', so a meaning along the lines of 'vigorous lord' could also be a reasonable interpretation of Vëantur's name.


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