24 October 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 116: Ar-Gimilzôr

King Ar-Gimilzôr by John Howe
Ar-Gimilzôr (b. 2960 SA), son of Ar-Sakalthor, was the twenty-third king of Númenor (from SA 3102-77). His true name in Quenya was Tar-Telemnar. With his wife, Inzilbêth of Andúnië, to whom he was unhappily married, he had two sons, Inziladûn (who, upon becoming King, reverted to the High Elvish name Tar-Palantir, ‘the Farsighted’) and Gimilkhâd (who was just like his father). 

During his reign, Ar-Gimilzôr persecuted the Faithful and prohibited those who still adhered to the Eldar from entering Númenor, believing the Valar to be spying on him. He severed all ties with the Elves, forbade the use of the Elvish language, neglected the White Tree (a gift from the Elves), and abandoned worship upon the Hallow of Eru. As a result, the Valar ceased to protect the people of Númenor.

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