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This article is about the daughter of Númenórean King Tar-Palantir. For the Elven mother of Fëanor, see Míriel.

Tar-Míriel or Ar-Zimraphel was the daughter of King Tar-Palantir, and last rightful heir of Númenor. She would rule briefly as Queen Regnant while Ar-Pharazôn's armada defied the Ban of the Valar and incurred Númenor's destruction.

Biography[]

Zimraphel was born in SA 3117 to Inziladûn (or Tar-Palantir), and was called Míriel in Elvish. Upon a time, she may have been sought after by Elentir, Amandil's brother and Elendil's uncle,[3] but was herself enamored by Pharazôn, her cousin, who was wealthy and highly esteemed. A relationship could have easily arisen between them, as Pharazôn was often abroad, in Númenor's exploits on Middle-earth's coasts.[4]

As the only child of Tar-Palantir, Míriel should have been the Ruling Queen, Pharazôn usurped her throne in SA 3255, becoming Ar-Pharazôn, and married her against her will, reneming her Ar-Zimraphel (as Ruling Queen, she would have preferred the Quenya Tar- and been Tar-Míriel).

Ar-Pharazôn thereafter sailed to Middle-earth upon hearing of the conquests of Sauron, and defeating him, brought him back to Númenor. However, Sauron, in his fair form, corrupted the minds of many Númenóreans, including Ar-Pharazôn and his counselors. The culture of Númenor quickly became more evil, Sauron turning many towards worship of Melkor and the defilement of many good things in the hopes of evading death. Eventually, Ar-Pharazôn became desperate, and Sauron convinced the king to break the Ban of the Valar by sailing to Valinor, saying by this he could gain eternal life.[5] The king amassed the Great Armament in 3319, and embarked westward to attempt this, during which time Tar-Míriel ruled in his absence as Queen Regnant.[6]

For Ar-Pharazôn and his fleet's defiant action, and his setting foot in Valinor, Eru destroyed Ar-Pharazôn and his armada, and rent an enormous chasm under the Sea to destroy Númenor. Amid the tumults, Míriel sighted a giant wave approaching to engulf the city, and attempted to ascend Meneltarma, but was caught by the waters and drowned before reaching the summit, as all of Númenor slid into the depths.[1][5]

Appearance[]

She was "fairer than silver or ivory or pearls",[5] and "smaller" in body than most Númenórean women.[2]

Etymology[]

Tar-Míriel is Quenya for "High-Jewel-daughter", from the word mír ("jewel").[7] Ar-Zimraphel was the Adûnaic translation.[8]

In other versions[]

In another account, Míriel chose to marry Ar-Pharazôn voluntarily after being infatuated by his beauty and wealth.

Gallery[]

House of Elros[]

The Heraldic Device of Eärendil, father of Elros Tar-Minyatur

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Tar-Minyatur
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Tindómiel
   
   
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Tar-Amandil
   
   
Vardilmë
   
   
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Nolondil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Eärendur
   
   
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Írildë
   
   
Vëantur
   
   
Hallatan
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elatan
   
   
Silmariën
   
   
Isilmë
   
   
Tar-Meneldur
   
   
   
   
Almarian
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Valandil
   
   
Erendis
   
   
Tar-Aldarion
   
   
Ailinel
   
   
Orchaldor
   
   
Almiel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Hallacar
   
   
Tar-Ancalimë
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Soronto
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Anárion
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Súrion
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Two daughters
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Telperiën
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Isilmo
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Minastir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Ciryatan
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Atanamir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Ancalimon
   
   
   
   
   
   
Unnamed child
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Telemmaitë
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Herucalmo
   
   
Tar-Vanimeldë
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Alcarin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Calmacil
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Ardamin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gimilzagar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Adûnakhôr
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Zimrathôn
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Sakalthôr
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Gimilzôr
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Palantir
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gimilkhâd
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Tar-Míriel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ar-Pharazôn


In adaptations[]

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power[]

Míriel is portrayed by American actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, in which she begins as the Queen-regent of Númenor in an alternate Second Age, presiding over the land in place of her dying father, Tar-Palantir.

Season One[]

Míriel is first seen in the King's Court with Pharazôn (who is given a different occupation in the series: Númenor's Chancellor) before a large crowd, when Elendil, having discovered Galadriel and Halbrand on the remnants of a raft at sea, brings the pair before the Queen-regent. Galadriel demands passage back to Middle-earth and nearly creates open hostility by her forceful manner before Halbrand interjects and brokers a tentative agreement for her request to be considered. Afterwards, Míriel summons Elendil back and questions him about his motives for bringing Galadriel to Númenor, though Elendil dismisses any suggestion he is friendly to the Elves. Míriel then orders him to keep watch over the Elf until a further decision can be made, though she visits her bedridden father, Tar-Palantir, to notify him of the perceived turning-point that has occurred.

Palantír of Númenor - TRoP

Míriel shows the palantír to Galadriel

Míriel dreams of the destruction of Númenor by a great wave, though she initially is unsure of its meaning. That day, she hosts Galadriel for an audience, in which the Elf demands military aid to go to the Southlands. Upon being denied this, Galadriel demands an audience with Tar-Palantir, which leads Míriel to throw Galadriel in prison. Míriel decides that Galadriel will be sent back to Middle-earth alone. On learning of this, Galadriel escapes her captors and breaks into the tower where Tar-Palantir dwells, though Míriel anticipated this and awaits her there. In order to show her the vision she herself has had, Míriel allows Galadriel to look into the palantír housed there.

Galadriel is soon escorted to the docks to depart, but just as she enters the boat, Míriel is the first to notice the white leaves of Nimloth falling. Alarmed, she changes her mind and announces her intent to accompany Galadriel to the Southlands with an army, for the dual purpose of rescuing its people and installing Halbrand as king. Amid uncertainty over Halbrand's willingness to go, Míriel is challenged by those in Númenor who oppose the action, namely Pharazôn's son Kemen, who burns two of the five ships set apart for the voyage. Míriel stays the course after Galadriel convinces Halbrand to return to Middle-earth, and sails with the small fleet.

Miriel above Tirharad - TRoP

Míriel observes the battle at Tirharad

After making landfall on the east bank of the Anduin, the Númenórean cavalry rides to Tirharad and vanquishes the contingent of Adar's army there, while Míriel and her personal guard observe from a distance. Afterwards, she partakes in celebrating with the Southlander survivors, and introduces Halbrand to them as their rightful king. Just then, all present is taken aback when Orodruin erupts, sending ash and fire over the surrounding lands. In the following chaos, Míriel attempts to help the survivors, but is caught in a burning structure and only just rescued by Isildur, son of Elendil. Isildur is presumed dead, but Míriel is rendered blind by the ash, though she initially tries to hide the fact as Elendil leads her back to the Númenórean camp. Once there, she pronounces a return to Númenor, but also that she will come back to Middle-earth with an even greater force. Elendil is grieved at this prospect, but reaffirms his loyalty to her and to the cause of the Faithful on the return voyage. In their absence, however, King Tar-Palantir has died.


Translations[]

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጣር፡ሚሪኤል
Arabic طارء ميريل
Armenian Տար-Միրիել
Assamese টাৰ-মিৰিয়েল
Belarusian Cyrillic Тар-Мірыэль
Bengali টার-মিরিয়েল
Bulgarian Cyrillic Тар-Мириел
Chinese 塔爾-密瑞爾
Danish Tar-Míriel (dronning)
Dogri तार-मिरीएल
Georgian ტარ-მირიელი
Greek Ταρ-Μίριελ
Gujarati તાર-મિરીલ
Hebrew טאר מיריאל
Hindi टर्-मिरियल
Japanese タル=ミーリエル
Kannada ತಾರ್-ಮಿರಿಯಲ್
Kazakh Тар-Мириел (Cyrillic) Tar-Mïrïel (Latin)
Konkani तार-मिरीएल
Korean 타르 미 엘리 엘
Kurdish تار-میریێل (Sorani) Tar-Mîrîl (Kurmanji)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Тар-Мириэл
Macedonian Cyrillic Тар-Мириел
Malayalam ടാർ-മിറിയേൽ
Marathi टार-मिरिएल
Mongolian Cyrillic Тар-Мириэль
Nepalese टार-मिरिएल
Persian طار-میریل
Punjabi ਤਾਰ-ਮਿਰਿਅਲ
Russian Тар-Мириэль
Sanskrit टर्-मिरिएल्
Serbian Тар-Миријел (Cyrillic) Tar-Mirijel (Latin)
Sindhi تار-ميريل
Sinhalese ටාර්-මිරියෙල්
Tamil தார்-மிரியல்
Tatar Тар-Мириел
Telugu టార్-మిరియల్
Thai ทาร์-มิเรียล
Ukrainian Cyrillic Тар-Міріель
Urdu طارء ماریل
Yiddish טאַר-מיריעל

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Two, III: The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor
  2. 2.0 2.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, pgs. 160-162
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter V: "The History of the Akallabêth"
  4. The Fall of Númenor, pgs. 167-8
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  6. The Fall of Númenor, pg. 169
  7. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  8. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
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