Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife is the second chapter in Part Two of Unfinished Tales. It mainly concerns the first Ship-king of Númenor, Tar-Aldarion, and his wife, and how they differed. J.R.R. Tolkien composed this tale's final form no earlier than 1965.[1]

The chapter preceding is "A Description of the Island of Númenor", and the chapter that follows is "The Line of Elros".


At the beginning of the chapter, Aldarion's father Tar-Meneldur is described, as a rightful king devoted to the Island of Númenor, but whose true passion was the study of the stars. He had two daughters and one son, named Anardil, who would be known among the Kings of Númenor as Tar-Aldarion.[2]

Through time, disagreement arose between Aldarion and his father concerning the Sea, for Aldarion loved it ever since he was a child. His first odyssey towards Middle-earth was made in the year SA 725, under the guidance of Vëantur his own grandfather, and it was during that journey upon his ship Númerrámar that he befriended Elves Cirdan and Ereinion (Gil-galad).

More sea voyages followed afterwards, against the wish of his father, and in between them at one point he founded the Guild of Venturers. In the hundredth year of his life, he was proclaimed heir to the throne, and at the celebration of this event he met Erendis, daughter of Beregar. Though she seemed beautiful to him, Aldarion refused to commit to marriage because of his commitment to his passion for marine life.

When Aldarion finally courted her, it was Erendis who avoided the union, for she did not want to share Aldarion with the sea. Only after many years they were engaged, and even more passed until they were married, in the year SA 870. While being husband and wife, they did not manage to reconcile their differences. A few years after their only child was born, named Ancalimë, Aldarion continued his explorations in Middle-earth. Erendis grew bitter of the perpetual waiting, until finally she left their home in Armenelos, taking their young daughter with her into the heart of Emerië.

Upon his return, Aldarion found his home locked and his father even more cold towards him. It was the same with his wife, when he pursued her to her new home. But here the tale takes an unexpected turn, as it is revealed in a letter Gil-galad wrote towards King Meneldur that Aldarion did not leave his home out of selfishness, but rather his voyages were caused by the threat from Sauron, which he had long seen and tried to prevent by building the outpost Vinyalondë at the mouth of the Gwathló river in Middle-earth. Tar-Meneldur, realizing that he did not share the visionary mind of his son, nor his capacity to face upcoming events, announced his abdication and proclaimed Aldarion as the succeeding King of Númenor.[2]

Aldarion's reign ends in the year SA 1075, and his and Erendis' daughter succeeded him as queen. Aldarion's death was two decades following, in SA 1098.[3]

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Aldarion en Erendis: Die Matroos se vrou
Albanian Aldarion dhe Erendis: Gruaja e marinares
Amharic ዓልዳሪኦን እና ዐረንዲስ - መርከበኛው ሚስት
Arabic الداريون و يرينديس: زوجة بحار
Armenian Ալդարիոն և Էրենդիս: Նավաստի կինը
Azerbaijani Aldarion və Erendis: Marinerin həyat yoldaşı
Basque Aldarion eta Erendis: Marinelaren emaztea
Belarusian Cyrillic Эрендис і Алдарион: Жонка марака
Bengali আল্দারিওন এবং এরেন্ডিস: নাবিকের স্ত্রী
Bosnian Aldarion i Erendis: Marinerova žena
Bulgarian Cyrillic Алдарион и Ерендис: Съпруга на моряка
Catalan Aldàrion i Erendis: L'Esposa del Mariner
Chinese 塔爾-阿達瑞安和伊瑞迪絲:水手之妻
Corsican Aldarion è Erendis: A moglie di marinaio
Croatian Aldarion i Erendis: Pomorčeva žena
Czech Aldarionovi a Erendis - námořníkova žena
Danish Aldarion og Erendis: Sømandens kone
Dutch Aldarion en Erendis: De Vrouw van de zeeman
Estonian Aldarion ja Erendis: Meremehe naine
Finnish Aldarion ja Erendis: Merenkävijän vaimo
French Aldarion et Erendis: La femme du marin
Galician Aldarion e Erendis: a esposa do mariñeiro
Georgian ალდარიონი და ერენდისი - მეზღვაურის ცოლი
German Aldarion und Erendis: Das Weib des Seefahrers
Greek Αλντάριον και Έρεντις: Η γυναίκα του ναυτικού
Gujarati આલ્દરિઓન અને ઇરેન્ડિસ: નાવિકની પત્ની
Hebrew סיפורם של טר-אלדריון, מלך נומנור ורעייתו ארנדיס
Hindi आल्दरिओन तथा ऐर्ऐन्दिस: नाविक की पत्नी
Hungarian Aldarion és Erendis – A tengerész asszonya
Icelandic Aldarion og Erendis: Kona sjómannsins
Indonesian Aldarion dan Erendis: Istri pelaut
Irish Gaelic Aldarion agus Erendis: an Mairnéalach bean chéile
Italian Aldarion ed Erendis: la moglie del marinaio
Japanese アルダリオンとエレンディス: 船乗りの妻
Kannada ಅಲ್ಡರಿಯನ್ ಮತ್ತು ಎರೆಂಡಿಸ್: ನಾವಿಕನ ಹೆಂಡತಿ
Kazakh Алдаріон пен Ерендіс: Теңізшінің әйелі (Cyrillic) Aldarion pen Erendis: Teñizşiniñ äyeli (Latin)
Korean 알다리온과 에렌디스: 뱃사람의 아내
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Алдарион жана Эрэндис: Кемечилер жубай
Latvian Aldarion un Erendis: Jūrnieka sieva
Lithuanian Aldarion ir Erendis: Jūrininko žmona
Macedonian Cyrillic Алдарион и Ерендис: Жена на морнарот
Malaysian Aldarion dan Erendis: Isteri pelaut
Maltese Aldarion u Erendis: Il-mara tal-baħri
Marathi आल्दरिओन आणि एरेन्दिस: मरिनरची बायको
Mongolian Cyrillic Алдарион ба Эрэндис: Далайчны эхнэр
Nepalese आल्दरिओन र एरेन्डिस - नाविकको श्रीमती
Norwegian Aldarion og Erendis: Sjømanns kone
Persian الداریون و هرهندیس: همسر ملوان
Polish Aldarion i Erendis. Żona marynarza
Portuguese Aldarion e Erendis A Esposa do Marinheiro
Romanian Aldarion și Erendis: Soția marinar
Russian Алдарион и Эрендис: Жена Мореплавателя
Serbian Алдарион и Ерендис: Ћена поморца (Cyrillic) Aldarion i Erendis: Ćena pomorca (Latin)
Sinhalese ආල්දරිඔන් සහ එරෙන්ඩිස්: නාවිකයාගේ බිරිඳ ?
Slovak Aldarion a Erendis: Námorník manželka
Slovenian Aldarion in Erendis: Mornarjeva žena
Spanish Aldarion y Erendis: La esposa del marinero
Swedish Aldarion och Erendis: Seglarens hustru
Tajik Cyrillic завьа маллоҳон ?
Tamil ஆல்தரிஒந் மற்றும் எரெண்டிஸ்: மாலுமியின் மனைவி
Telugu ఆల్దరిఒన మరియు సోరోన్తో: నావికుని భార్య
Thai ตำนานของอัลดาริออนและเอเรนดิส : ชายานาวิก
Turkish Aldarion ve Erendis: Denizcinin karısı
Turkmen Aldarion we Erendis: Deňizçiuň aýal
Ukrainian Cyrillic Алдаріон та Ерендіс: дружина моряка
Uzbek Алдарион ва Эрендис: Денгизчининг хотини (Cyrillic) Aldarion va Erendis: Dengizchining xotini (Latin)
Vietnamese Aldarion và Erendis: Vợ của thủy thủ
Welsh Aldarion ac Erendis: Gwraig y Marinwr
Yiddish אַלדאַריאָן און ײרענדיס - די פרוי פון די מאַטראָס


  1. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Two
  2. 2.0 2.1 Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, chapter II: "Aldarion and Erendis"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years
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