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Valandil (King of Arnor)

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This article is about the King of Arnor. For the first Lord of Andúnië, see Valandil (Lord of Andúnië).
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Valandil
Arnorian
Biographical Information
PositionKing of Arnor
BirthS.A. 3430
RuleT.A. 10 - T.A. 249
DeathT.A. 249, aged 260 years
Family
ParentageIsildur
ChildrenEldacar
Physical Description
GenderMale

Valandil (S.A. 3430 – T.A. 249) was the third King of Arnor, succeeding his father, High King Isildur, when he was killed in the Battle of the Gladden Fields in T.A. 2.

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History

Valandil was the youngest of the four sons of Isildur, but because the other three were also killed in the Battle of Gladden Fields, it was Valandil who inherited the kingship. Valandil was only a child at the time of the Last Alliance, so he did not go to battle, but remained in Rivendell.

Before he was slain, Isildur divided the lineages of Arnor and Gondor. While he had been High King of both realms, his nephew Meneldil would become King of Gondor and his sons would rule Arnor. With the death of his father and brothers, Valandil became heir to the throne of Arnor. However, Valandil was only 13 years old, and would wait until he was 21 to become the king.

He ruled longer than any other king in the North or South kingdom - 239 years. When he died in 249, he was succeeded by his son, Eldacar.

Etymology

Valandil's name is Quenya for "Friend of the Valar", from Vala, and the suffix -ndil, meaning "friend". It was likely he was named after his ancester Valandil, the first Lord of Andúnië.

Genealogy

                          Elendil
                             |
                  -----------|----------
                 |                      |
                 |                      |
              Isildur                Anárion
                 |
    -------------|--------------
   |        |         |         |
   |        |         |         |
Elendur   Aratan   Ciryon    VALANDIL
                                |
                                |
                             Eldacar

References

Preceded by:
Isildur
3rd King of Arnor
T.A. 10 - T.A. 249
Followed by:
Eldacar