Silmariën of Númenor born
Event Type: Genealogical
Age: 2nd Age - Pre-Rings
Birth in Númenor of Silmariën.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Second Age
[Tar-Elendil's] elder child was a daughter, Silmariën. Her son was Valandil, first of the Lords of Andúnië in the west of the land, renowned for their friendship with the Eldar. From him were descended Amandil, the last lord, and his son Elendil the Tall.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Númenor
1 Earlier editions of The Lord of the Rings incorrectly listed 548 as the birthdate of Silmariën; this was corrected in the edition of 2004 after being noted in Unfinished Tales:
There is no question but that [Silmariën2] was the eldest child of Tar-Elendil; and her birth-date is several times given as Second Age 521, while that of her brother Tar-Meneldur is fixed at 543. In the Tale of Years (Appendix B to The Lord of the Rings), however [Silmariën's] birth is given in the annal entry 548; a date that goes back to the first drafts of that text. I think it very likely that this should have been revised but escaped notice.
Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 3, The Line of Elros, Kings of Númenor: Notes, Note 4
2 This text is from one of Tolkien's early drafts. For the sake of clarity, earlier versions of proper names used by Tolkien in this draft have been replaced with the versions in use in the canon sources. All substitutions are marked with brackets.
Elena Tiriel 27Oct07