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Thengel

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Thengel
Rohir
Biographical Information
Other namesThe Thrice-renowned
PositionKing of Rohan
BirthT.A. 2905
RuleT.A. 2953-T.A. 2980
DeathT.A. 2980
Family
ParentageFengel
SpouseMorwen Steelsheen
ChildrenThéoden, Théodwyn, three unnamed daughters
Physical Description
GenderMale

Thengel the Thrice-renowned (Third Age 2905 – 2980, aged 75 years) was the sixteenth King of Rohan. Thengel was the only son of Fengel, and became king after the death of his father in T.A. 2953.

Fengel was a greedy man, and Thengel left Rohan in his youth and went to live with his mother's family in Gondor. Eventually he met and married Morwen Steelsheen of Lossarnach in T.A. 2943, and he lived with her there for a while. Morwen bore him five children in total, including his only son (his second child) Théoden in T.A. 2948 and a daughter Théodwyn in T.A. 2963, who would be the mother of Éomer and Éowyn.

After Fengel died in T.A. 2953, Thengel was called upon to return to Rohan, which he reluctantly did. During Thengel's reign, a mysterious Northerner calling himself Thorongil entered his service, and rode with him for some time. Saruman took Isengard for himself and began to fortify it.

Thengel had learned Sindarin while living in Gondor, and in his house it was the daily tongue, together with Westron, the common speech. Rohirric was not spoken by him or his heirs.

Preceded by:
Fengel
16th King of Rohan
III 2953 – 2980
Followed by:
Théoden