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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[1]T.A. 249[2]) was the third King of Arnor, succeeding his father, High King Isildur, after he and Valandil's older brothers were killed in the Battle of the Gladden Fields in T.A. 2.

History

Valandil was the youngest of the four sons of Isildur, born in the same year that the Last Alliance of Elves and Men was formed. Since he was only one year old when the host of Gil-galad and Elendil marched forth, he remained with his mother in Rivendell.[1]

Before he was slain, Isildur became king of Arnor and Gondor. While he had been High King of both realms, he committed the rule of Gondor to his nephew Meneldil[3] who would become King of Gondor. With the death of his father and brothers, Valandil became heir to the throne of Arnor. However, since Valandil was only 13 years old, he would wait until he was 21 to become the king (in T.A. 10).[1]

He ruled longer than any other king in the North or South kingdoms - 239 years. When he died in 249, he was succeeded by his son, Eldacar.[2]

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

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", p. 192
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
Preceded by:
Isildur
3rd King of Arnor
T.A. 10 - T.A. 249
Followed by:
Eldacar