Repentance of Tar-Palantir
Event Type: Cultural/Social
Age: Akallabêth/Last Alliance
Repentance of Tar-Palantir. Civil war in Númenor.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Second Age
Tar-Palantir repented of the ways of the Kings before him, and would fain have returned to the friendship of the Eldar and the Lords of the West. [...] Tar-Palantir would ascend often to the ancient tower of King Minastir, and gaze westward in yearning, hoping to see, maybe, some sail coming from Eressëa. But no ship came ever again out of the West, because of the insolence of the Kings, and because the hearts of the most part of the Númenóreans were still hardened. For Gimilkhâd [his brother] followed the ways of Ar-Gimilzôr [their father], and became the leader of the King's Party, and resisted the will of Tar-Palantir as openly as he dared, and yet more in secret. But for a while the Faithful had peace; and the King went ever at due times to the Hallow upon the Meneltarma, and the White Tree was again given tendance and honour. For Tar-Palantir prophesied, saying that when the Tree died then the line of Kings also would perish.
Unfinished Tales, Part Two, Ch III, The Line of Elros: Kings of Númenor
A final discrepancy between "The Line of Elros" and the Tale of Years arises in the dates of Tar-Palantir. It is said in the Akallabêth... that "when Inziladûn acceded to the sceptre, he took again a title in the Elven-tongue as of old, calling himself Tar-Palantir"; and in the Tale of Years occurs the entry: "3175 Repentance of Tar-Palantir. Civil war in Númenor." It would seem almost certain from these statements that 3175 was the year of his accession; and this is borne out by the fact that in "The Line of Elros" the death-date of his father Ar-Gimilzôr was originally given as 3175, and only later emended to 3177.
Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 3, The Line of Elros, Kings of Númenor: Notes, Note 15
Anglachel - 4.16.03
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