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Barahir (Steward of Gondor)

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The name Barahir refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Barahir (disambiguation).
Biographical Information
TitlesRuling Steward
BirthT.A. 2290
RuleT.A. 2395 - 2412 (17 years)
DeathT.A. 2412 (aged 122)
HouseHouse of Húrin
Physical Description

Barahir (Third Age 2290 – 2412, aged 122 years) was the son of Hador, a famously long-lived man who ruled Gondor as its Steward for no less than one hundred and seventeen years. According to the best sources we have, Barahir was born in the twelfth year of his father's rule, meaning that he succeeded Hador at the age of one hundred and five. Given Barahir's great age, it is not surprising that his rule, and that of his son Dior, were brief ones.

Barahir held the office of Steward during the waning years of the Watchful Peace. Both he and his son Dior, then, enjoyed rules free of troubles. Barahir's grandson was Denethor, the son of his daughter Rían, who was a young noble of just twenty at the time Barahir became Steward. It was Denethor who was destined to rule Gondor at the time that war erupted on its borders, more than sixty years after Barahir's death.

Barahir ruled as Steward for seventeen years, and was succeeded by his son Dior.


Barahir is a Sindarin word and consists of bara ("fiery; eager") + hîr ("master, lord").[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 351, 364
Preceded by:
8th Ruling Steward of Gondor
T.A. 23952412
Followed by: