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Vëantur's house was on the southern shores of the bay of Rómenna in eastern Númenor
Pronunciation
ve-a'ntoorr (where 'rr' indicates that the final 'r' sound should be pronounced)
Meaning
Uncertain2
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Vëantur

The great adventurer of Númenor

Vëantur
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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.


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1

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.

2

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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