Annúminas was once the capital city of the Kingdom of Arnor. It was located in the land of Evendim alongside 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 capital of the chief Palantír of the North.

History Edit

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, 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 slowly became a deserted city between TA 250 and TA 861 and Fornost was chosen as the new capital. After TA 861, the ruins of Annúminas belonged to the petty successor kingdom of Arthedain.[3]

The two relics which had been housed in Annúminas survived the city: The Palantír remained for more than a millennium after the loss of its city, but was ultimately drowned with Arvedui in the cold northern seas. The silver Sceptre of Annúminas would have been removed to Fornost by the Kings, but was eventually retained by Elrond in Rivendell who kept it until an heir claimed it.[4]


Map of Evendim and surrounding areas.

The city survived for nearly a thousand years, but eventually it declined in population, the Kings of Arnor moved the capital to Fornost sometime before the end of the Second Age, and eventually Annúminas was abandoned. 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.

Etymology Edit

Annúminas was a Sindarin word meaning 'Tower of the West' or 'Sunset-tower'.[3]

Appearances in adaptations Edit

Map - Annuminas

Map of Annúminas from The Lord of the Rings Online.

Annúminas, along with the Lake Evendim and Hills of Evendim is present in The Lord of the Rings Online. The city as 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.

Gallery Edit

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ዓንኑሚናስ
Arabic إننوميناس
Armenian Աննումինաս
Assyrian ܐܢܢܘܡܝܢܐܣ
Belarusian Cyrillic Аннумінас
Bengali আন্নুমিনাস
Bulgarian Cyrillic Ануминас
Burmese အန္နုမိနသ္
Catalan Annuminas
Dari آنومیناس
Georgian ანნუმინასი
Greek Αννούμινας
Gujarati આન્નુમિનસ
Hebrew אנומינאס
Hindi आन्नुमिनस
Hungarian Nyugat Tornya
Japanese アンヌーミナス
Kannada ಆನ್ನುಮಿನಸ
Kazakh Cyrillic Аннұмінас
Korean 안누미나스
Kurdish ئننومیناس (Arabic script) Ininumînas (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Аннуминас
Macedonian Cyrillic Аннуминас
Marathi आन्नुमिनस
Mongolian Cyrillic Аннуминас
Nepalese आन्नुमिनस
Pashto آڼومیناس ?
Persian آنومیناس
Punjabi ਆਨ੍ਨੁਮਿਨਸ
Russian Аннуминас
Sanskrit आन्नुमिनस्
Serbian Ануминас (Cyrillic) Anuminas (Latin)
Sinhalese ආන්නුමිනස්
Tajik Cyrillic Аннуминас
Tamil ஆணுமிநஸ்
Telugu ఆన్నుమినస
Thai อะโครโปรลิส
Ukrainian Cyrillic Аннумінас
Urdu اننومیناس
Uzbek Аннуминас (Cyrillic) Annuminas (Latin)
Yiddish אַננומינאַס

References Edit

  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. 3.0 3.1 The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  4. 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"