The birth-name of Tar-Aldarion
While Tar-Elendil ruled as the fourth King of Númenor, his HeirMeneldur had a son of his own. He named that child Anardil,'Devoted to the Sun', perhaps because of the golden hair the boyhad inherited from Almarian, his mother. He quickly grew to becomea proud but generous youth, and became enamoured of sea-going andadventure.
As his experience and reputation as a mariner grew, he plantedgreat forests to provide wood for ship-building, and from them hereceived his more famous name, Aldarion, probably meaning 'son ofthe trees'. Almost all records of his life refer to him has'Aldarion' rather than 'Anardil', or (after he inherited theKingship) as 'Tar-Aldarion'. There are a very few exceptions: his'official' full name as King's Heir seems to have been 'AnardilAldarion', while his grandfather Vëantur called himAnardilya, a familiar form of his birth-name.