Annúminas was once the capital city of the Kingdom of Arnor. It was located on the southern shores of Lake Evendim, the origin of the Brandywine River. The city was home to the Kings of Arnor and was founded by High King Elendil himself. It was the first home of the chief Palantír of the North.

History

Annúminas was founded by Elendil in SA 3320 shortly after his arrival in Lindon following the destruction of Númenor.[1] With the establishment of Arnor the city became the capital of the realm for several centuries; and was home to the Annúminas-stone, one of the three Palantíri of the North-Kingdom,[2] and the Sceptre of Annúminas, which was originally the rod of office of the Númenórean Lords of Andúnië, as well as the heirloom of and symbol of kingship in Arnor.

Due to the heavy losses in the war against the forces of Sauron and the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, the Dúnedain population of the North began to slowly decline, and after[3] the division of the kingdom the city began to fall into ruin, withFornost chosen as the new capital. After TA 861, the ruins of Annúminas belonged to the successor kingdom of Arthedain.[4]

The two relics which had been housed in Annúminas survived the city: The Palantír was taken to Fornost with the city's abandonment, but was ultimately drowned with Arvedui in the cold northern seas. The silver Sceptre of Annúminas was also removed to Fornost by the Kings, but was eventually retained by Elrond in Rivendell who kept it until an heir claimed it.[5]

By the end of the Third Age Annúminas had lain in ruins for more than 2,000 years. After the War of the Ring, early in the Fourth Age, King Elessar of the newly Reunited Kingdom rebuilt the city and made it his northern capital. The king would often spend his time at Annúminas and meet his friends there.

Map of Evendim and surrounding areas.

Etymology

Annúminas is a Sindarin word meaning 'Tower of the West' or 'Sunset-tower'.[4]

Portrayal in adaptations

Map of Annúminas from The Lord of the Rings Online.

Annúminas, along with Lake Evendim and the Hills of Evendim is present in The Lord of the Rings Online. The city is shown to be partially sunken, as the waters of the lake rose since the city was abandoned. What remains on the surface is available for exploration and adventuring.

The city also appears in the game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II as a playable map.

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Translations

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓንኑሚናስ
Arabic إننوميناس
Armenian Աննումինաս
Belarusian Cyrillic Аннумінас
Bengali আন্নুমিনাস
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ануминас
Burmese အန္နုမိနသ္
Danish Annúminas ("Vest-tårnet")
Georgian ანნუმინასი
Greek Αννούμινας
Gujarati અન્નુમિનાસ
Hebrew אנומינאס
Hindi आन्नुमिनस
Hungarian Nyugat Tornya
Japanese アンヌーミナス
Kannada ಅನ್ಯುಮಿನಾಸ್
Kazakh Аннұмінас (Cyrillic) Annuminas (Latin)
Korean 안누미나스
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Аннуминас
Macedonian Cyrillic Аннуминас
Marathi अन्नुमिनास
Mongolian Cyrillic Аннуминас
Nepalese अन्नुमिनास
Pashto آڼومیناس ?
Persian آنومیناس
Punjabi ਐਨੂਮੀਨੇਸ
Russian Аннуминас
Sanskrit आन्नुमिनस्
Serbian Ануминас (Cyrillic) Anuminas (Latin)
Sinhalese ඇනුමිනාස්
Tajik Cyrillic Аннуминас
Tamil அணுமின்னாஸ்
Telugu అన్నుమినస్
Thai อะโครโปรลิส
Ukrainian Cyrillic Аннумінас
Urdu اننومیناس
Uzbek Аннуминас (Cyrillic) Annuminas (Latin)
Yiddish אַננומינאַס

References

  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VI: "The Tale of Years of the Second Age"
  2. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  3. The History of Middle Earth XII, The Peoples of Middle Earth
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  5. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iii): "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
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