Ancalime

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Tar-Ancalimë “Queen of Long Light”
daughter of Tar-Aldarion and Erendis; became the first Ruling Queen of Númenor. She was born in Númenor in 873 SA and said to be one of the most beautiful of all Númenóreans. Her father was always away at sea for most of her childhood, so she never saw him often. Her mother Erendis became increasing estranged from her husband and so she and Ancalimë moved to her White House in Emerié. There Ancalimë grew up and was raised only among women (Zamîn being her nanny), so she knew and saw very little of men. In fact, her mother often talked badly of men, primarily because she felt left behind and betrayed by Aldarion. She told Ancalimë that, “…women to them are but fires on the hearth–for others to tend, until they are tired of play in the evening…Therefore do not bend Ancalimë. Once bend a little, and they will bend you further until you are bowed down.” Ancalimë would spend time in both Emerië and Armenelos, the capital and King’s city of Numenor. Her people called her “Emerwen Aranel”, the Princess Shepherdess, because of her unusual upbringing in the land of Emerië. Ancalimë would spend some time in hiding at a farm during her teenage years and lived as a shepherdess, her royal identity being kept in secret. There she met a young shepherd named Mámandil (“Friend of Sheep”). He declared his love for her and revealed that he was actually Hallacar, a nobleman of the line of Elros. She told him who she really was, although he already knew, and was angry at him for deceiving her and said she would prefer to marry no man.

Her father Tar-Aldarion became King in 883 SA and in 892 changed the law in Númenor so that the eldest child of the King, whether man or woman, should become the Ruler. So in 1075 SA, Ancalimë became Tar-Ancalimë, the first Ruling Queen of Númenor. She remained unmarried for a long time but grew worried that if she remained childless, her cousin Soronto (son of Ailinel) would succeed her. In order to spite Soronto, she eventually married Hallacar. The marriage was more one of politics than of love because she wanted to produce an heir in order to secure her throne. She disliked the idea of marriage and rarely spent time with Hallacar. Following the birth of their son, Hallacar and Tar-Ancalimë lived apart. After her father’s death in 1098, she neglected his sea-faring policies and gave no further aid to Gil-galad. She was a very proud and willful Queen. Ancalimë relinquished the Sceptre in 1280 and was succeeded by her son, Tar-Anárion. Her son’s daughters, and all the women of her court, disliked and feared Ancalimë because she would refuse to let them marry. Ancalimë died in year 1285 SA, at the age of 412 years.

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Silmarien

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Silmariën “Shining Home”
born 521 SA in Armenelos, she was the daughter of Tar-Elendil, the 4th King of Númenor and was the mother of Valandil, the first Lord of Andúnië. Silmariën was the oldest child of Tar-Elendil. She had a younger sister named Isilmë, and a younger brother Meneldur. Meneldur succeeded their father as King in 740 SA and he himself was the father of Aldarion the Mariner (wife of Erendis and father of Ancalimë).

Silmariën married the nobleman Elatan of Andúnië and thus moved to that city. Andúnië was a port city on the western coast of Númenor. Their son Valandil (“Devoted to the Valar”), became the first Lord of Andúnië. Although not in direct line of royal succession, these Lords were important to the future of their royal family. The Lords of Andúnië were the leaders of the Elendili, or Elf-friends, the Faithful who still supported the Elves and Valar even after the Kings became corrupt. During the Downfall of Númenor more than 2500 years later, Elendil, the heir to the Lord of Andúnië line and therefore a descendant of Silmariën, fled to Middle-earth with his sons Isildur and Anarion and many of the remaining Faithful, where they founded the line of Kings of Gondor and Arnor. Elendil and his sons were the only royal descendants that survived, since Ar-Pharazôn died in the destruction, thus they became Kings of the Númenórean descendants, or Dúnedain.

Silmariën could be said to be the most significant person in Númenor’s royal family for two reasons: because she was the founder of the Lords of Andúnië, therefore continuing the Númenórean royal bloodline in Middle-earth after the Downfall. Also, she inherited the sword Narsil and the Ring of Barahir from her father and these sacred heirlooms were handed down through her descendants for many generations and eventually reached Aragorn. She also owned the original Elendilmir, “Star of Elendil”, a precious white jewel that she passed to the Lords of Andúnië and eventually to Elendil and used by him as a token of Dúnedain royalty instead of a crown.

Erendis

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Erendis “Lonely Wife”
also called the Lady of Westlands, White Lady of Emerië, the Mariner’s Wife, Tar-Elestirnë (“Lady of the Star-brow”), and Uinéniel (“Daughter of Uinen”). She was the wife of Aldarion the Mariner (6th King of Númenor) and mother of Ancalimë. Erendis was born in 771 Second Age, the daughter of Núneth and Beregar, from the westlands of Númenor. Beregar was a descendant of Bereth from the House of Bëor. Erendis was dark-haired, slender, had clear grey eyes, and was said to have great beauty. She grew up in the wooded region of the westlands and loved the land and trees.

Erendis first met Aldarion, the King’s Heir, at a feast in Armenelos honoring Aldarion being made Lord of the Ships and Havens by his father the king Tar-Meneldur. Erendis, not of the line of Elros, deemed Aldarion too high but yet she would dismiss every other suitor. When Aldarion was about to set sail for another voyage to Middle-earth, Erendis came to his ship and placed a bough from the Elven-tree oiolairë on its prow, which was custom in Númenor. Here Aldarion looked upon her for the first time with love. Upon his return, he gave Erendis a beautiful diamond. Aldarion’s parents wanted him to marry and approved of Erendis. However, Aldarion did not want to think of marriage at this time, he still had many years to become married and now he just wanted to sail. Tar-Meneldur forbade Aldarion to take another voyage but Aldarion did and in his anger was gone from Númenor for fourteen years (829-43 SA). At last he returned but was grieved to find that Erendis had left Armenelos and returned back to the Westlands. Riding one day in the forests of the Westlands, Aldarion came upon Erendis, who was wearing the diamond as a necklace. Aldarion finally asked Erendis to marry him but she was reluctant. She still loved him, but feared that in the war between herself and the Sea for his heart she would not win. She feared the Sea and begrudged ships for cutting down trees which she so much loved. But Aldarion said he would plant more trees for the ones he cut and took her on a voyage to the port city Andúnië. There they feasted with Valandil, Lord of the Andúnië (Aldarion’s cousin, son of Silmariën), where he named Erendis Uinéniel, Daughter of Uinen. But Erendis answered, “Call me by no such name! I am no daughter of Uinen: rather she is my foe.

Erendis’s mother Núneth and Queen Almarian tried to give her advice but she was still unsure. One day in 858 SA, Erendis and Aldarion walked up Meneltarma and he kissed her and that day she accepted his betrothal. With the diamond, Erendis wore it above her brow and was then known as Tar-Elestirnë, “Lady of the Star-brow”. King Tar-Meneldur gave Erendis a white house in Emerië as a bethrothal gift. However, the sea-longing soon came upon Aldarion and he set sail again. Six years passed until he returned and Erendis was growing tired of waiting. She was not of the Númenórean line so her life-span was shorter than that of Aldarion and she felt like she was wasting away her youthful years. They were finally wed in 870. Three years later, their daughter Ancalimë was born and Erendis rejoiced, believing Aldarion would want to stay with her now. However, when Ancalimë was four, Aldarion sailed once more and Erendis grieved but also was angered and so moved herself and Ancalimë to her White House in Emerië where there she lived with only women as her servants. From then on, Erendis left her White House rarely and when Aldarion returned in 882, she refused to come back to Armenelos. Aldarion became King in 883 and Ancalimë would spend time between Armenelos and Emerië.

Erendis continued to live in Emerië for the remainder of her life, too proud and stubborn to reconcile with Aldarion. Over time, it is said that old age came upon her and after being neglected by Ancalimë, she once again longed for Aldarion. Learning that he had sailed but was expected to return shortly, Erendis left Emerië and journeyed to the coast. There, it seems, she met her fate. Only the words “Erendis perished in water in the year 985” were recorded. She was 214 years old. It is ironic that after all the years of jealousy and hatred towards the sea, it was the cause of her death in the end.

Rian

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Rían
daughter of Belegund, the nephew of Barahir, she was the wife of Huor (of the Hador) and mother of Tuor (who married Idril the elf). Rían is the grandmother of Eärendil (Elrond’s father), which is where part of his Edain (Human) bloodline comes from.

Rían was born around 450 of the First Age. She was gentle of heart and loved neither war or hunting. She loved the trees and the flowers of the wild often sang songs. After the disasterous Dagor Bragollach (“Battle of Sudden Flame” in 455 FA), Rían and her cousin Morwen were refugees along with Emeldir and others of the House of Bëor. Most went to Brethil, but the two cousins, however, continued on and fled to Dor-lómin. It was here, the home of the House of Hador, where she met Huor. They were married only two months when Huor left with his brother Húrin to fight in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. When she did not hear news of her husband she fled into the wild but was aided by the Grey-elves of Mithrim. There she bore her son Tuor and he was raised by the Elves. Rían learned from the Elves that Huor had died in the Battle so she left Mithrim and went to Haudh-en-Ndengin, the Mound of the Slain, where the bodies of Elves and Men from the War were buried. She laid herself upon it and died of grief.

Morwen

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Morwen and Turin by Marya Filatova
Morwen and Turin by Marya Filatova

Morwen “Dark Maiden”
also called Eledhwen (“Elfsheen”) because of her great beauty and the “Lady of Dor-lómin”. She was the daughter of Baragund and the wife of Húrin Thalion (of the Hador). Her children were Túrin and Nienor, who were cursed with a doomed fate. When Húrin was captured and brought to Morgoth during the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Morgoth placed a curse on him, Morwen, and their children saying, “The shadow of my thought shall lie upon them wherever they go, and my hate shall pursue them to the ends of the world.” Húrin was forced to sit and watch all the evils that befell his family through Morgoth’s eyes.

Morwen was dark-haired and beautiful, and also very strong-willed and stern. She did not show her emotions and seemed cold. When Morwen was young, she and her cousin Rían fled to Dor-lómin to escape the disasterous Dagor Bragollach, which had destroyed her House and homeland. It was there, the home of the House of Hador, were she met Húrin. They were married and their son Túrin was born in 464 FA. Their daughter Urwen, called Lalaith, was born soon after but died from a pestilence when she was three. After the Nirnaeth Arnoediad broke out and Húrin was captured, Easterlings invaded Dor-lómin. Morwen was so great in beauty and majesty that the Easterlings were afraid and thought her a witch. She was left alone and poor, since Húrin was captured, but she was aided by Aerin. Afraid that her son Túrin (now nine years of age) would be captured and enslaved, she sent him away to Thingol in Doriath. After he left, Morwen gave birth to her daughter, Nienor. Soon news of Túrin’s arrival to Doriath reached Morwen and she was relieved. Melian, Thingol’s wife, sent a message bidding Morwen to come to Doriath as well, but Morwen decided to stay in Dor-lómin because Nienor was still just a baby. Túrin was raised by Thingol but still corresponded with his mother through messages, which is how he learned of his sister Nienor.

After time, Morwen and Nienor fled to Doriath but found that Túrin was gone, for he had traveled to Nargothrond. After the defeat of Nargothrond by Morgoth and the dragon Glaurung, Morwen became worried and fled into the wild to seek her son. Thingol sent Mablung to guard her and made Nienor stay behind. However, Nienor secretly disguised herself and went along. Morwen eventually found out about Nienor but could not persuade her to go back. During their journey, the dragon Glaurung flew over them and his mist and shadows separated Morwen and Nienor from the company. Word was brought back to Thingol that they were lost but Nienor had befallen a spell of ‘forgetfulness’ by the dragon.

No word was ever heard of Morwen again, but she lived many years in the wild as a homeless wanderer. In the year 500 FA, Húrin was released by Morgoth and he traveled to the spot where Túrin and Nienor had died, Cabed-en-Aras by the river Teiglin. He noticed that there was a women standing over their tombstone. She was old but her eyes still beheld the gleam that earned her the name Eledhwen, the proudest and most beautiful of mortal women. “You come at last,” said Morwen, “I have waited too long….but you are too late. They are lost.” Morwen then gave one last sigh and died upon the tombstone of her children. Húrin made a grave for his wife next to the stone and carved, Here lies also Morwen Eledhwen. After Beleriand sank below the sea at the end of the First Age, the land surrounding the Stone of the Hapless became an island known as Tol Morwen.

Hurin Finds Morwen by Ted Nasmith
Hurin Finds Morwen by Ted Nasmith

Nienor

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Nienor Flees into the Woods by Ted Nasmith
Nienor Flees into the Woods by Ted Nasmith

Niënor “Mourning”
also called Níniel (“Tear-Maiden”), the daughter of Morwen and Húrin, and the sister (and wife) of Túrin. Her story is found in Narn i Chîn Húrin, the Tale of the Children of Húrin. Before Niënor was born, her father Húrin was captured by Morgoth and a curse was placed on him and his family.

Niënor was born in Dor-lómin after Túrin had left for Doriath around 472 FA. At that time, Dor-lómin was no longer under the House of Hador rule, but was occupied by the Easterlings who treated everyone of the House as serfs. Later on, she traveled to Doriath with her mother but found Túrin to be gone. They stayed there for awhile, being treated as guests, but Morwen was worried about her son and went off to search for him. Niënor was made to stay behind but she disguised herself as one of Thingol‘s people and went along. When they came upon the banks of Sirion, Niënor was revealed and her mother commanded her to return. Niënor could not be persuaded, for she wanted to find her brother, and so did not go back. They traveled to Nargothrond, but found it destroyed. The dragon Glaurung flew by and caused Morwen and Niënor to become separated from the companions. Thingol’s men thought they were lost and traveled back to Doriath, but Niënor was thrown off her horse, though unhurt, and made her way to Amon Ethir in Nargothrond. The dragon Glaurung approached her and she stared into his eyes. Her will was strong but his power overtook her and he cast a spell of forgetfulness upon her. She could no longer remember her past, her name, or the name of any other thing. She could no longer hear, speak, or see.

Mablung found Niënor in this state and took her hand and fled into the wild. They met up with other elves in his company but then were assailed by an Orc-band. Niënor regained her hearing and sight and fled in terror, tearing off her clothes until she ran naked into the wild. Mablung and his companions defeated the Orcs but could not find Niënor and went back to Thingol with ill news.

Niënor wandered in the wild and knew not how to find nor eat food and so was afraid. She came to the Crossings of the Teiglin and layed herself upon the mound of Haudh-en-Elleth (see Finduilas) as if she were dying. There, Túrin found her, and at the sight of her lying there, was stricken in the heart. He wrapped her in his cloak, took her to a nearby lodge, and fed her. He asked her concerning her name and kin but she could say nothing and started to cry. Túrin therefore named her Níniel, or “Tear Maiden”. At that name she said, ‘Níniel’, thus being the first word she had spoke.

Turin Discovers Nienor by Ted Nasmith
Turin Discovers Nienor by Ted Nasmith

Niënor lived with Túrin and his woodland people in Amon Obel. Túrin asked Niënor in marriage, but she delayed in spite of her love for him. Brandir (leader of the Haladin at this time and grandson of Gloredhel) loved Niënor but all her heart was given to Túrin. Three years later, Túrin asked to wed her again or he would go back to war, and Niënor agreed and they were wedded in midsummer. In the spring Niënor was with child but Túrin had left to sought after the dragon Glaurung who haunted their borders. Niënor was unwilling to wait and set forth after, much to Brandir’s dismay. He followed with her to Cabed-en-Aras and saw Túrin laying unconscious beside the mortally wounded dragon. Glaurung spoke for the last time to Niënor and revealed the truth of Túrin, and their evil deeds, and then the dragon died. With this, Niënor was lifted from the curse and she remembered all of her past. She looked upon Túrin and cried, “A Túrin Turambar turun ambartanen, master of doom by doom mastered!”. Niënor, being distraught and stricken with horror, cast herself into in the wild waters of the Teiglin.

Brandir came back to his people and told them Túrin and Niënor were dead, and that she was his sister. However, when Túrin came back, they disbelieved Brandir and Túrin slew him for spreading lies. Túrin, in his madness, flew to Haudh-en-Elleth and cried upon Finduilas to bring him counsel. There, Mablung met him and he told Túrin about his sister being cast into a spell of forgetfulness, and at last Túrin knew that doom had overtaken him and that he slew Brandir unjustly. He then fled to Cabed-en-Aras and threw himself upon his sword. Mablung and the elves buried him with the shards of his sword, Gurthang, and carved in the mound, “Túrin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga” and beneath that, “Niënor Níniel”, although it was never known if the waters had taken her.

The Death of Glaurung by Elena Kukanova
The Death of Glaurung by Elena Kukanova

Haleth

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Haleth, leader of the Haladin of Brethil
She was born in 341 of the First Age and was the daughter of Haldad who dwelled in Thargelion. Haleth became the leader of her people when her brother Haldar and her father were slain by Orcs in 375 FA. She moved her people West to Estolad and remained there for a time.

Later, they moved to the forests of Brethil (“Silver Wood”) but the journey caused many hardships and loss. Now Brethil was claimed by Thingol of Doriath but Finrod Felagund was a friend of Thingol and he told him all that had befallen her people. Thingol allowed her people to dwell in Brethil Forest if they guarded the Crossings of Teiglin from Orcs. The People of Haleth were brave and honorable folk. They defeated Orcs from the north during the Dagor Bragollach and kept Brethil safe.

Here Haleth dwelt until her death. Haleth was a women of great heart and strength but never married. After her death in 420 FA, her leadership passed to her brother’s son, Haldan. His son, Halmir (Hareth‘s father), became Lord of the Haladin and was a hero in the Dagor Bragollach. Her people raised a green mound over her burial site and called it Tûr Haretha, the Ladyburrow, or Haudh-en-Arwen in Sindarin.