Vardamir Nólimon resigns the Sceptre to his son Tar-Amandil
Event Type: Political
Age: 2nd Age - Pre-Rings
At the death of the first King of Númenor, Elros Tar-Minyatur, his aged heir Vardamir Nólimon immediately relinquishes office to his son, Tar-Amandil:
Upon the departure of Elros, being then 3811 years of age, [Vardamir Nólimon] did not ascend the throne, but gave the sceptre to his son. 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
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
1 It may be noted that almost all the Kings from Vardamir to Tar-Ancalimon lived to or a little beyond their four hundredth year, and the three who did not died within one or two years of it.
Unfinished Tales, Part 2, Ch 3, The Line of Elros, Kings of Númenor: Notes, Note 1
Elena Tiriel 15Nov05, 15Dec09