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Elendur (son of Isildur)

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This article is about the eldest son of Isildur. For the King of Arnor, see Elendur (King of Arnor).
Biographical Information
AffiliationThe Faithful;
Last Alliance of Elves and Men
BirthS.A. 3299
Rómenna, Númenor
DeathT.A. 2 (aged 144)
Battle of the Gladden Fields
HouseHouse of Elendil
SiblingsAratan, Ciryon and Valandil
Physical Description
Elendur was the eldest son and heir of Isildur, slain with his father in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields. He was also the most trusted son of Isildur, being the only son with knowledge of the One Ring borne by Isildur. Elendur was often said to be remarkably similar to Elendil, his grandfather.



Early History

Elendur was born in Númenor in Second Age 3299, and escaped the downfall of the island with his family. In Middle-earth, he stayed by his father's side, and fought with him in the War of the Last Alliance. After the Battle of Dagorlad, Elendur alone of Isildur's sons accompanied him into Mordor. Isildur sent Aratan and Ciryon to Minas Ithil to guard the pass against a possible escape. Elendur was not present at the final fight with Sauron on the slopes of Mount Doom.[1]


In Third Age 2, Elendur joined a band of travellers escorting his father to Imladris. With his brothers, Aratan and Ciryon, and two hundred knights and soldiers, they passed Dagorlad and sought to follow Anduin upstream until Amon Lanc. From there, they followed old Sylvan paths on the eaves of Greenwood. On October 4, when they were at theGladden Fields, the company was attacked by Orcs coming from the Misty Mountains, but led by servants of Barad-dûr.

Knowing of the Ring, Elendur argued with his father. Though Isildur had sent Ohtar away to preserve the shards of Narsil, the King still bore the Elendilmir and the Ring. Elendur thought is was wise for his father to flee and abandon them: Ciryon was dead and Aratan was dying, and orcs overran them from all sides. Isildur did eventually flee, but was pierced by arrows as he escaped into the Anduin. Elendur took command of what remained, and was slain with his troops.[2]


Elendur most likely means "Servant of the Elves" in Quenya. The first element, eled,[3] was likely taken from his grandfather's name. The later King of Arnor Elendur was likely named after him.


Aragorn II


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", note 11
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 297 (dated August 1967)