Amandil was the leader of the Faithful in Númenor, and came to be the eighteenth and last Lord of Andúnië. His life as Lord of Andúnië and as one of the Faithful sired the High Kings of Gondor and Arnor who preserved their ways through the Dúnedain of Middle-earth on up to Aragorn II Elessar. Elendil the Tall was his son, and Isildur his grandson.
When Pharazôn married Tar-Míriel and he took the Sceptre of Númenor he had become corrupted by his father's counsel and Pharazôn and Amandil became estranged. Amandil, who was the leader of the Faithful in Númenor though not openly, supported the Ban of the Valar and was for the old traditions whereas Pharazôn followed the way of the King's Men and that of his own will. Pharazôn deprived the Lords of Andúnië of their lordship due to their support of the old King Tar-Palantir and he commanded Amandil to dwell in Rómenna. Andúnië he took and made it to his chief harbour of his ships but he did not dismiss him from his council or in any other way molest him.
Eventually sensing the impending doom of Númenor, Amandil urged his son Elendil not to interfere in the upcoming war, but to expect and prepare for a forced departure from the island. He himself decided to set sail for Valinor, there to plead with the Valar for forgiveness and mercy for the Númenórean people, since at least a few had remained faithful.
He departed into the West either SA 3310 and SA 3316, just before the Great Armament was ready to launch in an attempt to reach Valinor and save Númenor. He set sail in a small ship with three servants dear to him (though no names are given for them) at night from Rómenna steering East, like it was his goal to reach Middle-earth, but soon he turned and journeyed into the West. He never returned, and was never heard from again.
Whether Amandil's voyage was successful is unknown, but soon after the destruction of Númenor, a great wave carried Elendil's ships safely to Middle-earth, suggesting that his pleas were indeed heard.
Other versions of the legendarium
In Tolkien's unfinished time-travel story "The Lost Road", Amandil has the name Valandil, "friend of Gods", which for a high court official in the later days of Ar-Pharazôn would have been ill-favored. Tolkien's intention for changing the name are unspecified.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Serbian||Амандил (Cyrillic) Amandil (Latin)|
|Uzbek||Амандил (Cyrillic) Amandil (Latin)|
|Lord of Andúnië|
None (Title abandoned)
|SA 3065 – SA 3310 or SA 3316|
|Named Lords of Andúnië|