Vardamir Nólimon, deemed 2nd King of Númenor in annals, dies
Event Type: Genealogical
Age: 2nd Age - Pre-Rings
Vardamir Nólimon... was born in the year 61 of the Second Age and died in 471.... Upon the departure of Elros, being then 381 years of age, he did not ascend the throne, but gave the sceptre to his son.1 He is nonetheless accounted the second of the Kings, and is deemed to have reigned one year. It remained the custom thereafter until the days of Tar-Atanamir that the King should yield the sceptre to his successor before he died; and the Kings died of free will while yet in vigour of mind.
Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 3, The Line of Elros, Kings of Númenor
1 A legitimate male heir..., could not refuse [the kingship]; but since a King could always resign the Sceptre, a male heir could in fact immediately resign to his natural heir. He was then himself deemed also to have reigned for at least one year; and this was the case (the only case) with Vardamir, the son of Elros, who did not ascend the throne but gave the Sceptre to his son Amandil.
Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 2, Aldarion and Erendis: Notes, Note 26
Elena Tiriel 15Nov05