A Númenórean and husband of the Ruling Queen Tar-Vanimelde, Herucalmo virtually governed Númenór during his wife's reign (S.A. 2526-2637). After her death, he usurped the throne from his young son Alcarin and ruled as Tar-Anducal from S.A. 2637-2657. Most chroniclers refused to recognize him as Westernesse's seventeenth King.

Boromir: "Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for so small a thing? So small a thing!"
- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring II:10
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