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'''Heir of Isildur''' was the title of thirty-nine lords of the [[Dúnedain]] descended in right line from [[Isildur]] the son of [[Elendil]], from his son [[Valandil (King of Arnor)|Valandil]] to [[Aragorn|Aragorn Elessar]],<ref>{{App|North}}</ref> who [[Reunited Kingdom|reunited the Kingdoms]] of the Dúnedain in [[Middle-earth]].
 
'''Heir of Isildur''' was the title of thirty-nine lords of the [[Dúnedain]] descended in right line from [[Isildur]] the son of [[Elendil]], from his son [[Valandil (King of Arnor)|Valandil]] to [[Aragorn|Aragorn Elessar]],<ref>{{App|North}}</ref> who [[Reunited Kingdom|reunited the Kingdoms]] of the Dúnedain in [[Middle-earth]].
  
[[Isildur]] was the eldest son of [[Elendil]], and so by right he and his heirs should have inherited the title of [[High King of the Dúnedain|High King]] and ruled the [[Reunited Kingdom|Two Kingdoms]] of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]]. Soon after the defeat of [[Sauron]] at the end of the [[Second Age]], though, Isildur and his three elder sons all perished in the [[Disaster of the Gladden Fields]].<ref>{{UT|Gladden}}</ref>
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[[Isildur]] was the eldest son of [[Elendil]], and so by right he and his heirs should have inherited the title of [[High King of the Dúnedain|High King]] and ruled the [[Reunited Kingdom|Two Kingdoms]] of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]]. Soon after the defeat of [[Sauron]] at the end of the [[Second Age]], though, Isildur and his three elder sons all perished in the [[Battle of the Gladden Fields]].<ref>{{UT|Gladden}}</ref>
  
 
Isildur's only remaining Heir was [[Valandil (King of Arnor)|Valandil]], kept safe in [[Rivendell]] but only eleven years old at that time, and unable to take up his rule. So, Isildur's nephew [[Meneldil]] took control of the kingdom of Gondor, and the Two Kingdoms split from one another as Gondor's rule went to the [[House of Anárion]]. In the south, Gondor remained strong under the rule of Meneldil's descendants, but the [[Arnor|North-kingdom]] was not so fortunate. The sons of [[Eärendur (King of Arnor)|Eärendur]] quarreled, and while [[Amlaith]] was the Heir of Isildur and his father, the other sons broke the kingdom into three separate realms. Of these, Amlaith ruled [[Arthedain]], the only that [[Kings of Arthedain|was ruled]] by the Heir of Isildur. The other kingdoms were slowly overcome by dark forces of the evil land of [[Angmar]]. By the time [[Argeleb I]] of Arthedain came to power, the line of kings had failed in those kingdoms, so Argeleb claimed sovereignty over all of [[Arnor]]<ref name="Eriador">{{App|Eriador}}</ref> (taking the royal prefix ''[[ar|ar(a)-]]'' as a token of this<ref>{{App|North}}, note 4</ref>).
 
Isildur's only remaining Heir was [[Valandil (King of Arnor)|Valandil]], kept safe in [[Rivendell]] but only eleven years old at that time, and unable to take up his rule. So, Isildur's nephew [[Meneldil]] took control of the kingdom of Gondor, and the Two Kingdoms split from one another as Gondor's rule went to the [[House of Anárion]]. In the south, Gondor remained strong under the rule of Meneldil's descendants, but the [[Arnor|North-kingdom]] was not so fortunate. The sons of [[Eärendur (King of Arnor)|Eärendur]] quarreled, and while [[Amlaith]] was the Heir of Isildur and his father, the other sons broke the kingdom into three separate realms. Of these, Amlaith ruled [[Arthedain]], the only that [[Kings of Arthedain|was ruled]] by the Heir of Isildur. The other kingdoms were slowly overcome by dark forces of the evil land of [[Angmar]]. By the time [[Argeleb I]] of Arthedain came to power, the line of kings had failed in those kingdoms, so Argeleb claimed sovereignty over all of [[Arnor]]<ref name="Eriador">{{App|Eriador}}</ref> (taking the royal prefix ''[[ar|ar(a)-]]'' as a token of this<ref>{{App|North}}, note 4</ref>).

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