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'''Mardil Voronwë''' ([[Third Age]] {{TA|1960|n}} – {{TA|2080|n}}, aged 120 years) was the first Ruling [[Steward of Gondor]].
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'''Mardil Voronwë''' ([[Third Age]] {{TA|1960|n}}<ref>{{PM|Elendil}}, p. 204</ref> – {{TA|2080|n}},<ref>{{App|South}}</ref> aged 120 years) was Steward under the kings [[Eärnil II]] and [[Eärnur]], and then became the first Ruling [[Steward of Gondor]].
 
==History==
 
==History==
The position of Steward was already hereditary since the days of his grandfather [[Pelendur]] and Mardil inherited the title of Steward from his father [[Vorondil|Vorondil the Hunter]] in {{TA|2029}}. He was Steward during the last part of the reign of King [[Eärnil II]] and throughout the reign of [[Eärnur]], Eärnil's son.
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In {{TA|2029}}, Mardil succeeded his father [[Vorondil]] as the second hereditary Steward of Gondor (a tradition begun with his grandfather [[Pelendur]]).<ref>{{App|Stewards}}</ref>
  
Mardil had the difficult task of restraining Eärnur's urge to fight the [[Witch-king]] of [[Angmar]], the chief of the [[Nazgûl|Ringwraiths]], who accused Eärnur after the [[Battle of Fornost]] of being afraid to fight him.
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When Eärnil II died in {{TA|2043}} and Eärnur ascended to the throne, the King of [[Minas Morgul]] (the [[Witch-king]] of [[Angmar]]) challenged him to single combat.  Mardil was able to restrain Eärnur' wrath at that time, but in {{TA|2050}} the King of Morgul renewed his challenge, adding taunts that Eärnur could not ignore.  Mardil was powerless to prevent Eärnur from riding to Minas Morgul; he and his small escort were never heard from again.
  
The King of [[Minas Morgul]] reminded Eärnur of this and challenged him at the start of his reign in {{TA|2043}}. Although Eärnur wanted to fight the King of Morgul he was restrained with difficulty by Mardil. But when the King of Morgul issued another challenge in {{TA|2050}}, Eärnur would not be restrained. He marched to Minas Morgul and was never seen again.
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Eärnur had died unmarried with no heirs.  Royal descendants had become few and no claimant for the throne could be found of pure [[Númenórean]] blood, or whose claim all would accept. Thus, by default, Mardil began the line of Ruling Stewards of Gondor.<ref>{{App|Gondor}}</ref>
  
Eärnur had never married and had no children, so Mardil took it upon himself to rule Gondor.  There was no one with a clear and unassailable claim to the throne, so the rule of the Stewards was a way of averting [[Kin-strife|civil war]]. Because the fate of the King was unknown, Mardil made an oath to rule until "the King returns". This oath would be sworn by all of the Ruling Stewards.
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Because the fate of the King was unknown, Mardil made an oath to rule in the King's name until "the King returns". This oath would be sworn by all of the Ruling Stewards.
  
Mardil ruled Gondor with a steady hand and earned the epithet ''Voronwë'', which means "the Steadfast" in [[Quenya]].
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Mardil ruled Gondor with a steady hand and earned the epithet ''Voronwë'', which means "the Steadfast" in [[Quenya]]. One of his works was to introduce and establish the [[Stewards' Reckoning]] in Gondor. He inserted two leap-days in the year {{TA|2050}}.
 
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It was soon learned that Eärnur had met certain death at Minas Morgul, and upon Mardil's death in {{TA|2080}}, his son [[Eradan]] succeeded him as the second Ruling Steward of Gondor.
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
Mardil means "(One) devoted to the House (of the Kings)", from ''[[már]]'' and ''[[-ndil]]'', literally "Friend of the (Royal) House".
 
Mardil means "(One) devoted to the House (of the Kings)", from ''[[már]]'' and ''[[-ndil]]'', literally "Friend of the (Royal) House".
 
 
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Revision as of 12:43, 4 November 2012

This article is about the first Ruling Steward of Gondor. For the Elf of Gondolin, see Voronwë.
Mardil
Gondorian
Biographical Information
Other namesVoronwë (Q, "Steadfast")
TitlesSteward of Gondor, Ruling Steward
LocationGondor
LanguageWestron, Sindarin
BirthT.A. 1960
RuleT.A. 2050 - 2080 (30 years)
DeathT.A. 2080 (aged 120)
Family
HouseHouse of Húrin
ParentageVorondil
ChildrenEradan
Physical Description
GenderMale

Mardil Voronwë (Third Age 1960[1]2080,[2] aged 120 years) was Steward under the kings Eärnil II and Eärnur, and then became the first Ruling Steward of Gondor.

History

In T.A. 2029, Mardil succeeded his father Vorondil as the second hereditary Steward of Gondor (a tradition begun with his grandfather Pelendur).[3]

When Eärnil II died in T.A. 2043 and Eärnur ascended to the throne, the King of Minas Morgul (the Witch-king of Angmar) challenged him to single combat. Mardil was able to restrain Eärnur' wrath at that time, but in T.A. 2050 the King of Morgul renewed his challenge, adding taunts that Eärnur could not ignore. Mardil was powerless to prevent Eärnur from riding to Minas Morgul; he and his small escort were never heard from again.

Eärnur had died unmarried with no heirs. Royal descendants had become few and no claimant for the throne could be found of pure Númenórean blood, or whose claim all would accept. Thus, by default, Mardil began the line of Ruling Stewards of Gondor.[4]

Because the fate of the King was unknown, Mardil made an oath to rule in the King's name until "the King returns". This oath would be sworn by all of the Ruling Stewards.

Mardil ruled Gondor with a steady hand and earned the epithet Voronwë, which means "the Steadfast" in Quenya. One of his works was to introduce and establish the Stewards' Reckoning in Gondor. He inserted two leap-days in the year T.A. 2050.

Etymology

Mardil means "(One) devoted to the House (of the Kings)", from már and -ndil, literally "Friend of the (Royal) House".

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", p. 204
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Southern Line: Heirs of Anarion"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
Mardil
House of Húrin
Born: T.A. 1960 Died: T.A. 2080
Preceded by:
Vorondil
Steward to the King of Gondor
T.A. 20292050
Vacant
Next held by:
Faramir, 969 years later
None
Position created
1st Ruling Steward of Gondor
T.A. 2050 - 2080
Followed by:
Eradan
Ruling Stewards of Gondor
Mardil Voronwë · Eradan · Herion · Belegorn · Húrin I · Túrin I · Hador · Barahir · Dior · Denethor I · Boromir · Cirion · Hallas · Húrin II · Belecthor I · Orodreth · Ecthelion I · Egalmoth · Beren · Beregond · Belecthor II · Thorondir · Túrin II · Turgon · Ecthelion II · Denethor II · Faramir