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The son of [[Anardil]] and descendant of [[Anárion]], who ruled [[Gondor]] as its seventh King. Early in his reign, he undertook a great construction work, the rebuilding and expansion of the [[Minas Anor]]. Reconstructing the citadel was a considerable task (some sources suggest that it took as long as ten years), and it seems to be the source of Ostoher's name (which means 'fortress lord'). After the rebuilding, Ostoher took Minas Anor as his summer residence, and this tradition was carried on by his successors.
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}}'''Ostoher''' ({{TA|222}}<ref name="Elendil">{{PM|Elendil}}</ref> – {{TA|492|n}},<ref>{{App|South}}</ref> aged 270) was the seventh [[King of Gondor]].
  
Much later in his reign, Gondor suffered its first serious assault since the defeat of [[Sauron]] some five centuries before. Bands of [[Wild Men]] appeared out of the East, threatening Gondor's eastern lands. By this time, Ostoher was in his old age, nearly 270 years old, and it fell to his heir [[Tarostar]] to meet the [[Easterlings|Easterling]] threat. He succeeded in driving back his enemies, but Ostoher died before his son's victory was complete.
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==History==
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In {{TA|420}}, Ostoher rebuilt and enlarged [[Minas Anor]].<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> Upon completion, he made Minas Anor his summer residence, which became the tradition of his successors.<ref>{{App|Gondor}}</ref>
  
Ostoher ruled Gondor for eighty-one years, and was succeeded by his son, Tarostar, who became known as [[Rómendacil I]].
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Later, in {{TA|490}}, [[Gondor]] was invaded for the first time by [[Easterlings]].  Since Ostoher had become an old man his son [[Tarostar]] worked to defeat this threat.  Tarostar succeeded, but not until {{TA|500}}, years after Ostoher's death.<ref name="TA"/>
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==Etymology==
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'''Ostoher''' means "Fortress Lord" in [[Quenya]].
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== Genealogy ==
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{{familytree |ANR|ANR=[[Anardil (King of Gondor)|Anardil]]}}
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{{familytree |OST|OST='''OSTOHER'''}}
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{{familytree |TAR|TAR=[[Rómendacil I|Tarostar]]}}
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{{familytree |TUR|TUR=[[Turambar (King of Gondor)|Turambar]]}}
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== Other Versions of the Legendarium ==
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Ostoher's name was originally "Ostohir", which was changed to "Ostonir", and then finally "Ostoher" in the Second Edition of ''The Lord of the Rings''.<ref name="Elendil"/>
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Matěj Čadil - Ostoher of Gondor.jpg
Ostoher
Gondorian
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Gondor
LocationGondor
LanguageWestron
BirthT.A. 222
RuleT.A. 411 - 492 (81 years)
DeathT.A. 492 (aged 270)
Family
HouseHouse of Anárion
ParentageAnardil
ChildrenRómendacil I
Physical Description
GenderMale
Ostoher (T.A. 222[1]492,[2] aged 270) was the seventh King of Gondor.

History

In T.A. 420, Ostoher rebuilt and enlarged Minas Anor.[3] Upon completion, he made Minas Anor his summer residence, which became the tradition of his successors.[4]

Later, in T.A. 490, Gondor was invaded for the first time by Easterlings. Since Ostoher had become an old man his son Tarostar worked to defeat this threat. Tarostar succeeded, but not until T.A. 500, years after Ostoher's death.[3]

Etymology

Ostoher means "Fortress Lord" in Quenya.

Genealogy

Eärendil
 
 
 
 
Anardil
 
 
 
 
OSTOHER
 
 
 
 
Tarostar
 
 
 
 
Turambar


Other Versions of the Legendarium

Ostoher's name was originally "Ostohir", which was changed to "Ostonir", and then finally "Ostoher" in the Second Edition of The Lord of the Rings.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil"
  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. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
Ostoher
House of Anárion
Born: T.A. 222 Died: T.A. 492
Preceded by:
Anardil
7th King of Gondor
T.A. 411 - 492
Followed by:
Rómendacil I