This is the second part of a new series:
"Ruling Queens of Númenor & Silmariën"
This is Tar-Ancalimë
Tar-Ancalimë, the daughter of Tar-Aldarion, was the seventh ruler and first Ruling Queen of Númenor. Tar-Aldarion, the sixth ruler of Númenor, had only one child: a daughter, Ancalimë. He changed the law of inheritance in Númenor to allow equal cognatic primogeniture, under which rule would pass to the oldest child of the ruler, whether male or female. This revised law had brutal conditions. It was only valid if the daughter married and produced an heir by a certain age, and if she married another member of the royal family. All this was partially to prevent another marriage as disastrous as that between Tar-Aldarion and Erendis, the failure of which Aldarion attributed to her lack of royal blood, and the life-span disparity; but also to prevent control of the crown passing into the hands of another family.
Raised by her mother, Ancalimë had an inherent mistrust of all men, and her mother’s tragic married life made her choice very difficult. She was disinclined to marry, but then the crown would go to her cousin Soronto. Finally she married the nobleman Hallacar, son of Hallatan of Hyarastorni. Both Tar-Ancalimë and Hallacar were fifth-generation descendants of King Vardamir Nólimon, and the marriage was not one of love. The Queen aimed to produce an heir in order to secure her throne from her first cousin Soronto. Following the birth of their son, future King Tar-Anárion, Hallacar and Tar-Ancalimë lived apart. But this made her life troubled and her heart hard to anybody. Her own family became afraid of her in her latter days. It is through her though, that the terrible condition that imposed a woman should marry to become Queen was dropped.
In the picture, Tar-Ancalimë is crowning herself. It is an allegoric manner to make her choice apparent. She had the choice to refuse the crown and live apart from the Court she so loathed. Instead she sacrificed her chance to ever find love to become Queen in a very conscious decision, and willingly trapped herself in a loveless marriage she would have better liked to avoid.