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[[Elendil]] the son of [[Amandil (Lord of Andúnië)|Amandil]] was one of the greatest heroes of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien's]] tales. With his two sons [[Isildur]] and [[Anárion son of Elendil|Anárion]], he escaped the [[Downfall of Númenor]] and founded two kingdoms in [[Middle-earth]]; [[Arnor]] in the north, and [[Gondor]] in the south. He ruled both of these as High King, and from his descendants came the line of Kings in both the North- and the South-kingdoms.
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The '''House of Elendil''' was the royal line of the [[Dunedain]] established in
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[[Middle-earth]] and ruled the [[Realms in Exile]].
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==History==
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[[Elendil]] the son of [[Amandil]] escaped the [[Downfall of Númenor]] with his two sons, [[Isildur]] and [[Anárion]]. They sought refuge in [[Middle-earth]], where they founded two kingdoms: [[Arnor]] in the north, and [[Gondor]] in the south. Elendil ruled both of these as [[High King of the Dúnedain]], and from his descendants came the line of Kings in both the North-kingdom and the South-kingdom.
  
Elendil himself was lost in the [[Siege of Barad-dûr]], and his elder son Isildur inherited the [[High King of the Dúnedain|High Kingship]]. Two years later, Isildur himself, together with his three elder heirs, was lost in the [[Disaster of the Gladden Fields]]. His only remaining heir, [[Valandil of Arnor|Valandil]], was only a boy, and so Arnor was effectively left without a King. Thus, the House of Elendil split into two lines. In the south, Isildur's nephew [[Meneldil]] had been left to rule Gondor in his uncle's name. Meneldil now took up the full Kingship of Gondor, and it was ruled by his descendants for more than two thousand years.
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Elendil himself was slain in the [[Siege of Barad-dûr]], and his elder son Isildur inherited the [[High King of the Dúnedain|High Kingship]]. Two years later, Isildur himself, together with his three elder heirs, was lost in the [[Disaster of the Gladden Fields]]. His only remaining heir, [[Valandil (King of Arnor)|Valandil]], was only a boy, effectively leaving Arnor without a King. Thus the House of Elendil split into two lines. In the south, Isildur's nephew [[Meneldil]] had been left to rule Gondor in his uncle's name. Meneldil now took up the full Kingship of Gondor, and Gondor was ruled by his descendants for more than two thousand years.
  
When Valandil came of age, he inherited the northern lands of his father, Arnor. Valandil and his descendants ruled the [[North-kingdom]] for many generations, until dissent arose among the sons of the tenth King, [[Eärendur, King of Arnor|Eärendur]]. This conflict ultimately saw Arnor divided into three kingdoms; [[Arthedain]], [[Cardolan]] and [[Rhudaur]]. Eärendur's eldest son and true heir, [[Amlaith]], took control of Arthedain, while his brothers took up rule in the other new lands. Arthedain endured for more than a thousand years, but eventually all three kingdoms of the [[Northern Dúnedain]] fell to the armies of [[Angmar]].
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When Valandil came of age, he inherited Arnor, the northern realm of his father. Valandil and his descendants ruled the [[Arnor|North-kingdom]] for many generations, until dissent arose among the sons of the tenth King, [[Eärendur (King of Arnor)|Eärendur]]. This conflict ultimately saw Arnor divided into three kingdoms: [[Arthedain]], [[Cardolan]] and [[Rhudaur]]. Eärendur's eldest son and true heir, [[Amlaith]], took control of Arthedain, while his brothers took up rule in the other new lands. Arthedain endured for more than a thousand years, but eventually all three kingdoms of the [[Northern Dúnedain]] fell to the armies of [[Angmar]].
  
The line of Elendil was not broken in that defeat. The heir of [[Arvedui]], the last King of [[Arthedain]], was [[Aranarth]]. He took the title [[Chieftain of the Dúnedain]], and his descendants led a proud but scattered people through the last millennium of the [[Third Age]]. The last Chieftain was Aranarth's heir through many generations: [[Aragorn II]], who united the [[Two Kingdoms]] after the [[War of the Ring]] and became the first King of the [[Reunited Kingdom]].
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The line of Elendil was not broken in that defeat. The heir of [[Arvedui]], the last King of [[Arthedain]], was [[Aranarth]]. He took the title [[Chieftain of the Dúnedain]], and his descendants led a proud but scattered people through the last millennium of the [[Third Age]]. The last Chieftain was Aranarth's heir through many generations: [[Aragorn|Aragorn II]], who united the [[Two Kingdoms]] after the [[War of the Ring]] and became the first King of the [[Reunited Kingdom]]. Thus the House of Elendil returned to Gondor.
  
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==See also==
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*[[House of Isildur]] and [[Kings of Arnor]]
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*[[House of Anárion]] and [[Kings of Gondor]]
 
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The House of Elendil was the royal line of the Dunedain established in Middle-earth and ruled the Realms in Exile.

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Elendil the son of Amandil escaped the Downfall of Númenor with his two sons, Isildur and Anárion. They sought refuge in Middle-earth, where they founded two kingdoms: Arnor in the north, and Gondor in the south. Elendil ruled both of these as High King of the Dúnedain, and from his descendants came the line of Kings in both the North-kingdom and the South-kingdom.

Elendil himself was slain in the Siege of Barad-dûr, and his elder son Isildur inherited the High Kingship. Two years later, Isildur himself, together with his three elder heirs, was lost in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields. His only remaining heir, Valandil, was only a boy, effectively leaving Arnor without a King. Thus the House of Elendil split into two lines. In the south, Isildur's nephew Meneldil had been left to rule Gondor in his uncle's name. Meneldil now took up the full Kingship of Gondor, and Gondor was ruled by his descendants for more than two thousand years.

When Valandil came of age, he inherited Arnor, the northern realm of his father. Valandil and his descendants ruled the North-kingdom for many generations, until dissent arose among the sons of the tenth King, Eärendur. This conflict ultimately saw Arnor divided into three kingdoms: Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur. Eärendur's eldest son and true heir, Amlaith, took control of Arthedain, while his brothers took up rule in the other new lands. Arthedain endured for more than a thousand years, but eventually all three kingdoms of the Northern Dúnedain fell to the armies of Angmar.

The line of Elendil was not broken in that defeat. The heir of Arvedui, the last King of Arthedain, was Aranarth. He took the title Chieftain of the Dúnedain, and his descendants led a proud but scattered people through the last millennium of the Third Age. The last Chieftain was Aranarth's heir through many generations: Aragorn II, who united the Two Kingdoms after the War of the Ring and became the first King of the Reunited Kingdom. Thus the House of Elendil returned to Gondor.

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