Alcarondas, also known as Castle of the Sea, was King Ar-Pharazôn's ship at the head of a great armada of the Great Armament.


Alcarondas was as lavish as it was martial, with many Golden masts and a specially made throne for the king. Like most of the ships in the fleet, it was manned with many strong slaves to man the oars when the wind wasn't in their favor.[1][2]


The name is probably Adûnaic, but seems more Quenya in form and pronunciation.[citation needed] In an earlier version of the text, the name for the ship was'Aglarrâma'. When the name was changed, it was spelled 'Alkarondas'.[3]


  1. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, V: "The History of the Akallabeth"
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