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Cemendur (King of Gondor)

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This article is about the King of Gondor. For the the Númenórean royal, see Cemendur (son of Axantur).
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Cemedur
Gondorian
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Gondor
LocationGondor
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthS.A. 3399
RuleT.A. 158 - T.A. 238 (80 years)
DeathT.A. 238 (aged 280)
Family
HouseHouse of Anárion
ParentageMeneldil
ChildrenEärendil
Physical Description
GenderMale
Cemendur (S.A. 3399[1]T.A. 238,[2] aged 280 years) was the fourth King of Gondor.

History

Cemendur ruled for 80 years, from T.A. 158 until his death. He was the son and successor of Meneldil, the first ruler of Gondor to rule in his own name.[2]

Little is known about his reign, only that it was a peaceful one. He was succeeded by his son Eärendil.

Etemology

Cemendur is Quenya for "Earth-servant", from cemen and -ndur.[3]

Robert Foster, perhaps incorrectly, translates the name as "Earth Lord".[4] See

Genealogy

 
 
Anárion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meneldil
 
 
3 unnamed
children
 
 
 
 
CEMENDUR
 
 
 
 
Eärendil
 
 
 
 
Anardil


Other Versions of the Legendarium

In The Peoples of Middle-earth, Section VII "The Heirs of Elendil", it was explained that three manuscripts existed in the textual history of this section. Manuscript A contained the Southern Line of Gondor, and appeared to be the first stage of composition. Manuscript B added the Northern Line, and began as a fair copy of A for the Southern line but became heavily emended. Manuscript B led to Manuscript C, a fine copy (but with later emendations), which led to a final typescript D. In the earlier Manuscripts A and B, Kemendur was spelled with a 'K' and he lived from S.A. 3389 to T.A. 228 instead of S.A. 3399 to T.A. 238.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Southern Line: Heirs of Anarion"
  3. Helge Fauskanger, "Quettaparma Quenyallo" dated 25 December 2008, Ardalambion (accessed 16 April 2014)
  4. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 67
Cemendur
House of Anárion
Born: S.A. 3399 Died: T.A. 238
Preceded by:
Meneldil
4th King of Gondor
T.A. 158238
Followed by:
Eärendil