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}}'''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.
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}}'''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.<ref name="Gladden">{{UT|Gladden}}</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
===Early History===
 
===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]].<ref name="Dis11">{{HM|UT}}, "[[The Disaster of the Gladden Fields]]", note 11</ref>
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Elendur was born in [[Númenor]] in {{SA|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]].<ref>{{UT|Gladden}}, note 11</ref>
  
 
===Death===
 
===Death===
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 [[Mirkwood|Greenwood]]. On [[October 4]], when they were at the[[Gladden Fields]], the company was attacked by [[Orcs]] coming from the [[Misty Mountains]], but led by servants of [[Barad-dûr]].  
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In {{TA|2}}, Elendur joined a band of travellers escorting his father to [[Rivendell|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 [[Mirkwood|Greenwood]]. On [[5 October]], when they were at the[[Gladden 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.<ref name="Disaster">{{HM|UT}}, "[[The Disaster of the Gladden Fields]]"</ref>
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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 after he swam across the Anduin. Elendur took command of what remained, and was slain with his troops.<ref name="Gladden"/>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
''Elendur'' most likely means "Servant of the [[Elves]]" in [[Quenya]]. The first element, ''[[eled]]'',<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Humphrey Carpenter]], [[Christopher Tolkien]] (eds.), ''[[The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien]]'', [[Letter 297]] (dated [[August]] [[1967]])</ref> was likely taken from his grandfather's name. The later [[Elendur (King of Arnor)|King of Arnor Elendur]] was likely named after him.  
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''Elendur'' most likely means "Servant of the [[Elves]]" in [[Quenya]]. The first element, ''[[eled]]'',<ref>{{L|297}}</ref> was likely taken from his grandfather's name. The later [[Elendur (King of Arnor)|King of Arnor Elendur]] was likely named after him.  
  
 
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==Other Versions of the Legendarium==
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In early manuscripts Elendur was named "Kiryandil" and his date of birth was {{SA|3318}}, which made him and not [[Meneldil]] the last man born in Númenor.<ref>{{PM|Elendil}}, Commentary</ref>
  
 
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This article is about the eldest son of Isildur. For the King of Arnor, see Elendur (King of Arnor).
Elendur
Númenórean
Biographical Information
LocationTwo Kingdoms
AffiliationThe Faithful;
Last Alliance of Elves and Men
BirthS.A. 3299
Rómenna, Númenor
DeathT.A. 2 (aged 144)
Battle of the Gladden Fields
Family
HouseHouse of Elendil
ParentageIsildur
SiblingsAratan, Ciryon and Valandil
Physical Description
GenderMale
WeaponrySword
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.[1]

Contents

History

Early History

Elendur was born in Númenor in S.A. 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.[2]

Death

In T.A. 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 5 October, 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 after he swam across the Anduin. Elendur took command of what remained, and was slain with his troops.[1]

Etymology

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.

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elendil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isildur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anárion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ELENDUR
 
Aratan
 
Ciryon
 
Valandil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eldacar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aragorn II

Other Versions of the Legendarium

In early manuscripts Elendur was named "Kiryandil" and his date of birth was S.A. 3318, which made him and not Meneldil the last man born in Númenor.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", note 11
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 297, (dated August 1967)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", Commentary