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Dior (Steward of Gondor)

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This article is about the Steward of Gondor. For the the son of Beren and Lúthien, see Dior Eluchíl.
Biographical Information
PositionRuling Steward
BirthT.A 2328
RuleT.A. 2412 - T.A. 2435
DeathT.A. 2435
Physical Description

Dior (Third Age 2328 – 2435, aged 107 years) was the ninth Ruling Steward of Gondor. His grandfather Hador was the last of the Stewards to enjoy a truly long life. This meant that his son Barahir, and his grandson Dior, both came late to the Stewardship and ruled for only a brief time. Dior was the last Steward to enjoy an untroubled rule, as his heir Denethor would see the breaking of the Watchful Peace and the beginning of centuries of warfare.

Dior is remarkable as the only recorded Ruling Steward to leave no direct heir. In The Peoples of Middle-earth we're told that he had no children of his own, and was succeeded therefore by the son of his sister Rían. This seems to be borne out by the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings, which state that Gondor's Stewardship became "...hereditary as a kingship, from father to son or nearest kin" (Appendix A). This reference to "nearest kin" seems intended to refer specifically to Dior.

Dior ruled as Steward for twenty-three years, and seems to have been succeeded by his nephew Denethor I.

Preceded by:
9th Ruling Steward of Gondor
III 2412 – 2435
Followed by:
Denethor I