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Ostoher

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'''Ostoher''' was 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''' ([[Third Age]] 222 – 492, aged 270) was the seventh [[King of Gondor]], ruling for 81 years, from Third Age 411 until his death. His name means "Fortress Lord".
  
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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Around 420, Ostoher expanded the citadel of [[Minas Anor]]. Reconstructing the citadel was a massive undertaking (some sources suggest that it took as long as ten years), and might have been the source of Ostoher's royal name. After the construction was finished, he took Minas Anor as his summer residence, a tradition carried on by his successors.
  
Ostoher ruled Gondor for eighty-one years, and was succeeded by his son, Tarostar, who became known as [[Rómendacil I]].
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Much later in his reign, [[Gondor]] suffered its first serious assault since the defeat of [[Sauron]] some five centuries before. In 490 bands of [[Easterlings]] appeared, threatening the region of north [[Ithilien]]. By this time Ostoher was an old man, and he sent his heir [[Tarostar]] to meet the threat. Tarostar was successful, but the campaign took 10 years, so Ostoher never his son's victory.
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Ostoher was succeeded by his son, who took the name [[Rómendacil I|Rómendacil]] ("East-victor") to celebrate his triumph.
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== Genealogy ==
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    [[Anardil of Gondor|Anardil]]
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    '''OSTOHER'''
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    [[Tarostar]] (also known as [[Rómendacil I]])
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{{sequence
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|prev=[[Anardil of Gondor|Anardil]]
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|next=[[Rómendacil I]]
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|list=[[King of Gondor]]<br><code>III</code> 411 – 492
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}}
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[[Category:Dúnedain]]
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[[Category:Rulers of Gondor]]
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[[Category:Characters]]

Revision as of 01:26, 5 June 2006

Ostoher (Third Age 222 – 492, aged 270) was the seventh King of Gondor, ruling for 81 years, from Third Age 411 until his death. His name means "Fortress Lord".

Around 420, Ostoher expanded the citadel of Minas Anor. Reconstructing the citadel was a massive undertaking (some sources suggest that it took as long as ten years), and might have been the source of Ostoher's royal name. After the construction was finished, he took Minas Anor as his summer residence, a tradition carried on by his successors.

Much later in his reign, Gondor suffered its first serious assault since the defeat of Sauron some five centuries before. In 490 bands of Easterlings appeared, threatening the region of north Ithilien. By this time Ostoher was an old man, and he sent his heir Tarostar to meet the threat. Tarostar was successful, but the campaign took 10 years, so Ostoher never his son's victory.

Ostoher was succeeded by his son, who took the name Rómendacil ("East-victor") to celebrate his triumph.

Genealogy

   Anardil
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   OSTOHER
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   Tarostar (also known as Rómendacil I)

Preceded by:
Anardil
King of Gondor
III 411 – 492
Followed by:
Rómendacil I