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Amandil dismissed from Ar-Pharazôn's Council (estimated date)

Event Type: Political

Age: Akallabêth/Last Alliance

Year: 3266

Highest in honour after the house of the kings were the Lords of Andúnië.... And these lords were loyal to the kings, and revered them; and the Lord of Andúnië was ever among the chief councillors of the Sceptre. Yet also from the beginning they bore especial love to the Eldar and reverence for the Valar....

The Silmarillion, Akallabêth

Yet such was the cunning of [Sauron's] mind and mouth, and the strength of his hidden will, that ere three years had passed he had become closest to the secret counsels of the King; for flattery sweet as honey was ever on his tongue.... And seeing the favour that he had of their lord all the councillors began to fawn upon him, save one alone, Amandil lord of Andúnië. Then slowly a change came over the land, and the hearts of the Elf-friends were sorely troubled, and many fell away out of fear; and ... their enemies named them rebels.

The Silmarillion, Akallabêth

The Elendili alone were not subservient to [Pharazôn], or dared to speak against his wishes, and it became well-known to all in that time that Amandil ... was head of their party though not openly declared. Therefore Ar-Pharazon persecuted the Faithful, stripping them of any wealth that they had, and he deprived the heirs of Valandil of their lordship.

The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 5, The History of the Akallabêth

Then Ar-Pharazôn the King turned back to the worship of the Dark, and ... his people ... for the most part followed him. Yet there dwelt still a remnant of the Faithful.... The chief among them, to whom they looked for leading and courage in evil days, was Amandil, councillor of the King.... Amandil and Elendil were great ship-captains; and they were of the line of Elros Tar-Minyatur.... In the days of their youth together Amandil had been dear to Pharazôn, and though he was of the Elf-friends he remained in his council until the coming of Sauron. Now he was dismissed, for Sauron hated him above all others.... But he was so noble, and had been so mighty a captain of the sea, that he was still held in honour by many of the people, and neither the King nor Sauron dared to lay hands on him as yet.

Therefore Amandil withdrew to Rómenna, and all that he trusted still to be faithful he summoned to come thither in secret; for he feared that evil would now grow apace, and all the Elf-friends were in peril. And so it soon came to pass.

The Silmarillion, Akallabêth

[Note: the date is an estimate, set to follow the event Ar-Pharazôn and the Númenóreans begin to worship Melkor.]

Elena Tiriel 15Nov05

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