|Birth||S.A. 3209 |
|Rule||S.A. 3441 until death (2 years)|
|Death||October 4, T.A. 2 (aged 234 years)|
|Children||Elendur, Aratan, Ciryon, Valandil|
|Height||Nigh 7 feet|
|Gallery||Images of Isildur|
Isildur was born in Númenor, the eldest son of Elendil son of Amandil, the last Lord of Andúnië. His younger brother was Anárion. Isildur had four sons, Elendur, Aratan, Ciryon, and Valandil, though his wife was never named.
Isildur together with his father and brother were saved from the Downfall of Númenor when they fled for Middle-earth. Isildur and Anárion landed in the south and established the realm of Gondor, while their father landed in the north, founding the realm of Arnor.
Isildur lived on the east bank of the river Anduin and established the city of Minas Ithil (which would later be named Minas Morgul), as well as the province of Ithilien. However, in 3428 Sauron captured Minas Ithil, and Isildur fled down the Anduin, then northwest to Gil-galad in Lindon and his father in Arnor, leaving Anárion to rule over Gondor.
He returned with his father and the Elven High King Gil-galad in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men in 3434 with their combined armies. His father and Gil-galad threw down Sauron, winning the battle, though both were slain. Isildur took the hilt shard of his father's sword Narsil, which had broken beneath Elendil in the combat with Sauron, and used it to cut the One Ring from Sauron's finger.
After the fall of Sauron, Isildur left Meneldil, son of his brother Anárion, in charge of Gondor, and returned north to Arnor with his three sons. His fourth son Valandil had stayed behind in Rivendell. At the Gladden Fields, Isildur was ambushed by roaming Orcs, and due to the Ring's treachery he was killed, losing the Ring in the river Anduin.
In the riddling rhyme "Seek for the Sword that was Broken" the Ring is referred to cryptically as Isildur's Bane.
Portrayal in Adaptations
2001-2002:Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings"
- In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films, Isildur briefly appears in the first scenes of the first film, and in an extended flashback scene in the second. Isildur is played by Harry Sinclair. Sinclair, a friend of Peter Jackson, was asked because he was the most corrupt looking person Jackson knew. Sinclair had only one line, "No!", which was dubbed by Hugo Weaving.
- In the movie, Isildur apparently is the last king of Gondor; Anárion and heirs and Arnor do not appear at all. However, in the Extended Editions both Arnor and the House of Anárion are mentioned, and at times it is clear that Isildur was not the last King, so this might be dialogue error. The story of Isildur's succumbing to the temptation of the Ring bothers Aragorn who fears that he could have the same weakness (a fear that is not evident in the book).
- In the game starts with a prolouge, where you have to play with Isildur beneath Mount Doom. After you complete the mission you see how Isildur defeats Sauron.
- Isildur appears only in cinematics battling Sauron . However, in the expansion of the game, Isildur is mentioned more detailed in the Angmar campaign.
Elendil | ___________|__________ | | | | ISILDUR Anárion | _____________|______________ | | | | | | | | Elendur Aratan Ciryon Valandil | | Eldacar
|2nd King of Arnor
|2nd King of Gondor
|2nd High King of the Two Kingdoms
Aragorn II 3,017 years later
S.A. 3441 – T.A. 2
Déagol, c. 2461 years later