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Pelendur was a descendant of [[Húrin of Emyn Arnen]], an earlier Steward.  All Stewards since Húrin had been chosen from among his descendants; after Pelendur the Stewardship became hereditary within the [[House of Húrin]].<ref>{{App|Stewards}}</ref>  
 
Pelendur was a descendant of [[Húrin of Emyn Arnen]], an earlier Steward.  All Stewards since Húrin had been chosen from among his descendants; after Pelendur the Stewardship became hereditary within the [[House of Húrin]].<ref>{{App|Stewards}}</ref>  
  
In {{TA|1944}} King Ondoher and his two sons, [[Artamir]] and [[Faramir (son of Ondoher)|Faramir]] fell in battle north of the [[Morannon]].  With the king and all of his male heirs dead, Pelendur ruled Gondor until a new king could be selected.  There were two claimants for the throne:  Prince [[Arvedui]] of [[Arthedain]] and general [[Eärnil II|Eärnil]] who had defeated both the army of [[Harad]] near the River [[Poros]] and the [[Wainriders]] in the [[Battle of the Camp]].
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In {{TA|1944}} King Ondoher and his two sons, [[Artamir]] and [[Faramir]] fell in battle north of the [[Morannon]].  With the king and all of his male heirs dead, Pelendur ruled Gondor until a new king could be selected.  There were two claimants for the throne:  Prince [[Arvedui]] of [[Arthedain]] and general [[Eärnil II|Eärnil]] who had defeated both the army of [[Harad]] near the River [[Poros]] and the [[Wainriders]] in the [[Battle of the Camp]].
  
 
Arvedui’s claim was based upon his descent from [[Isildur]] and upon his marriage to [[Fíriel]], Ondoher’s only remaining child.  Pelendur played the chief part in rejecting Arvedui's claim.  He contended that the crown belonged to the heirs of [[Meneldil]], son of [[Anárion]], since Isildur had relinquished the realm of Gondor.  Also, he stated that the heritage of royalty was reckoned only through the sons.  Although Arvedui countered Pelendur with strong arguments, in the end the [[Council of Gondor]] chose Eärnil, by virtue of his outstanding victories and because he was of the royal house (to the [[Dúnedain]] of Gondor the realm in [[Arthedain]] seemed a small thing and all of them gave their support to Eärnil).<ref>{{App|Gondor}}</ref>
 
Arvedui’s claim was based upon his descent from [[Isildur]] and upon his marriage to [[Fíriel]], Ondoher’s only remaining child.  Pelendur played the chief part in rejecting Arvedui's claim.  He contended that the crown belonged to the heirs of [[Meneldil]], son of [[Anárion]], since Isildur had relinquished the realm of Gondor.  Also, he stated that the heritage of royalty was reckoned only through the sons.  Although Arvedui countered Pelendur with strong arguments, in the end the [[Council of Gondor]] chose Eärnil, by virtue of his outstanding victories and because he was of the royal house (to the [[Dúnedain]] of Gondor the realm in [[Arthedain]] seemed a small thing and all of them gave their support to Eärnil).<ref>{{App|Gondor}}</ref>

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