Amandil

Amandil is a fictional character from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Amandil was a Lord of Andúnië, succeeding his father Númendil upon his death. Amandil is most noted for being the father of Elendil, founder of the Númenórean Realms in Exile.

The name Amandil is Quenya for "Friend of Aman" signifying his devotion to the Valar in defiance to the policies of the King's Men. He was also the leader of the faction of Elendili ("Elf-friends"), or the Faithful, who endured persecution from the King's Men.

In his youth Amandil was a great friend of Ar-Pharazôn, the last king of Númenor. Amandil was also famed across Númenor for being a great sea-captain in the days of Númendil. Later, Amandil became influential in the Númenórean council. However, when Ar-Pharazôn brought the conquered Sauron from Middle-earth, his friendship with Amandil withered, and Amandil was soon dismissed from the Council and retired to Rómenna.

As time passed, Ar-Pharazôn began persecuting the Faithful more vigorously. Amandil himself was relatively safe, however, on account of his noble ancestry and the respect he had among the populace from his days as a ship captain.

Ar-Pharazôn eventually began planning the Great Armament with which he intended to challenge the Valar for control of the Undying Lands. Amandil was one of those who got wind of the plan. He urged his son Elendil not to interfere in the upcoming war, but to expect, and prepare for, a forced departure from the island. He himself decided to set sail for Valinor, there to plead with the Valar for forgiveness and mercy for the Númenórean people.

Amandil, to hide what he was doing, set sail east, and later turned west towards Tol Eressëa, taking with him three servants. None of them were never heard from again. Elendil and his sons later escaped the cataclysmic destruction of Númenor and made their way to Middle-earth to establish the Dúnedain kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor.

External links

* [http://members.ozemail.com.au/~sdgeard/hccnum.html A History and Complete Chronology of Númenor] - A detailed chronology of Númenor, its successor states and their rulers.


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