Lived during the Second Age.
August 26, 2005
Elatan was a Numenorean of Andunie. He must
have been prominent and/or charismatic, for he married Silmarien.
Numenor was shaped like a five-pointed star.
Anudunie was located in the Andustar (Westlands), the western point of
the star. The northern part of the Andustar was rocky and had three
bays. The northernmost bay was the Bay of Andunie, named for the great
haven of Andunie (Sunset). The main part of the town was by the shore,
a shelf at the feet of the highlands, but many dwellings went also up
the steep slopes.
Silmarien was the oldest of the three children of
Tar-Elendil, who was the fourth King of Numenor. Tar-Elendil
passed the Ring of Barahir to Silmarien. Her younger sister was Isilme,
and the youngest of the King's children was Meneldur, who became the
fifth King of Numenor. Meneldur was good and wise, not proud, with a
bent towards astronomy and the ability to sense certain things of the
future. At that time, women were skipped in the line of
sucession, or Silmarien would have been Queen of Numenor, which would
have made Elatan the next King instead of Meneldur.
Elatan and Silmarien had a son, Valandil, who
became the first Lord of Andunie. The Lords of Andunie were of the
Faithful, and were the advisors to the Kings of Numenor. From Valandil
came the lines of the Kings of Arnor and Gondor.
With such children, and the ability to attract the
sister of Meneldur, Elatan could be expected to have shown similar
traits, such as goodness, wisdom, and faithfulness to the Valar and
friendly feeling towards the Eldar. He would, as other Numenoreans,
have been very tall, hair black or very dark, and grey-eyed.
Elatan is not mentioned in the more condensed
discussion of the Lords of Andunie in the Silmarillion, but is
mentioned in the Unfinished
"A Description of Numenor", "A Description of
Numenor: Notes", "Aldarion and Erendis", Unfinished Tales