Q. Amandil m. “Lover of Aman”

Q. Amandil, m. “Lover of Aman”

Tar-Amandil was the third ruler of Númenor (UTI/219). Many centuries later a second, more famous, Amandil was the last lord of Andúnië and the father of Elendil, and was therefore ancestor of the kings of Gondor and Arnor (LotR/1035-6, S/271-3). This name is a compound of Aman and the suffix -(n)dil “lover”, and thus means “Lover of Aman”.

Conceptual Development: When this character first appeared in the “Lost Road”, his name was ᴹQ. Elendil “Elf-friend”, while his son was called ᴹQ. Herendil (LR/57). In “The Notion Club Papers”, the character was given the Adûnaic name Ad. Arbazân >> Aphanuzîr, while his son was named Ad. Nimruzân >> Nimruzîr “Elf-friend” (SD/389-90), so the meaning of the father’s name shifted to his son. The contemporaneous Quenya names for the characters also shifted to ᴹQ. Amardil and ᴹQ. Elendil (SD/356). The final form Amandil did not appear until quite late in the development of the Akallabêth (SD/382).

References ✧ LotRI/Amandil, Tar-Amandil; LRI; PMI; SA/mān, (n)dil; SDI2/Amandil, Amardil, Aphanuzîr, Arbazân; SI; UT/210; UTI/Amandil, Tar-Amandil



Aman “Blessed Realm” ✧ SA/mān
-(n)dil “-friend, -lover; devotion, disinterested love” ✧ SA/(n)dil


ᴹQ. Amardil m.

See Q. Amandil for discussion.

Reference ✧ SDI2/Amardil