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Cemendur (King of Gondor)

This article is about the King of Gondor. For the the Númenórean royal, see Cemendur (son of Axantur).
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"Cemendur of Gondor" by Matěj Čadil
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Gondor
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthS.A. 3399
RuleT.A. 158 - T.A. 238 (80 years)
DeathT.A. 238 (aged 280)
HouseHouse of Anárion
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Cemendur

Cemendur (S.A. 3399[1]T.A. 238,[2] aged 280 years) was the fourth King of Gondor.

[edit] History

Cemendur ruled for 80 years, from T.A. 158 until his death. He was the son and successor of Meneldil, the first ruler of Gondor to rule in his own name.[2]

Little is known about his reign, only that it was a peaceful one. He was succeeded by his son Eärendil.

[edit] Etymology

Cemendur is a Quenya name. Its meaning is not glossed, but as Paul Strack and Helge Fauskanger explain it seems to mean "Servant of the Earth" or "Earth-servant" and to be a compound of cemen ("earth") and -(n)dur ("servant").[3][4]

Robert Foster, perhaps incorrectly, translates the name as "Earth Lord".[5]

[edit] Genealogy

S.A. 3219 - 3440
Three children
S.A. 3318 - T.A. 158
S.A. 3399 - T.A. 238
T.A. 48 - 324
T.A. 136 - 411

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In The Peoples of Middle-earth, Section VII "The Heirs of Elendil", it was explained that three manuscripts existed in the textual history of this section. Manuscript A contained the Southern Line of Gondor, and appeared to be the first stage of composition. Manuscript B added the Northern Line, and began as a fair copy of A for the Southern line but became heavily emended. Manuscript B led to Manuscript C, a fine copy (but with later emendations), which led to a final typescript D. In the earlier Manuscripts A and B, Kemendur was spelled with a 'K' and he lived from S.A. 3389 to T.A. 228 instead of S.A. 3399 to T.A. 238.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Southern Line: Heirs of Anarion"
  3. Paul Strack, "Q. Cemendur m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 29 October 2021)
  4. Helge Fauskanger, "Quettaparma Quenyallo" dated 25 December 2008, Ardalambion (accessed 29 June 2022)
  5. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 67
House of Anárion
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: S.A. 3399 Died: T.A. 238
Preceded by:
4th King of Gondor
T.A. 158238
Followed by: