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Ecthelion II

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Ecthelion II
Catherine Chmiel - Ecthelion,Thorongil and Boromir study.jpg
"Ecthelion, Thorongil and Boromir study" by Catherine Karina Chmiel
Biographical Information
TitlesRuling Steward
LanguageWestron, Sindarin
BirthT.A. 2886
RuleT.A. 2953 - T.A. 2984 (31 years)
DeathT.A. 2984 (aged 98)
HouseHouse of Húrin
ChildrenDenethor II; 2 unnamed daughters[1]
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Ecthelion II

Ecthelion II (Third Age 2886[1] – 2984,[2] aged 98 years) was the twenty-fifth Ruling Steward of Gondor. He succeeded his father Turgon at his death in Third Age 2953.


[edit] History

Ecthelion was the son of Steward Turgon. Two years before he took the throne, Sauron had declared himself openly.[3][4]

Ecthelion was known as a man of wisdom, and used all his power to strengthen Gondor against the new threat. He encouraged worthy men from Gondor or outside to enter into his service, giving ranks and rewarding the best of them. One was the stranger Thorongil who came from King Thengel of Rohan. Ecthelion loved him above all, and appreciated him more than his own son, Denethor; the Gondorians even believed that there was rivalry between the two. The stranger also advised him not to trust Saruman in Isengard, but to welcome Gandalf (whom Denethor didn't trust).[4]

Gandalf was also a welcome guest in Minas Tirith at the time. Ecthelion also strengthened Pelargir and refortified Cair Andros.[1]

Thorongil warned Ecthelion that if Sauron started open war, the Corsairs of Umbar would be a great threat for the Southern Fiefs. Ecthelion gave his leave to Thorongil to go to Umbar and in T.A. 2980 he severely damaged the Corsairs' fleet in a surprise attack. Great honor awaited Thorongil in Minas Tirith but he never returned; he sent a farewell message to Ecthelion saying that other tasks call him and didn't know if fate would bring him again to Gondor. It later transpired that Thorongil was Aragorn Elessar.[4][3]

Ecthelion was followed by his son Denethor at his death in 2984.[2]

[edit] Etymology

[edit] Genealogy

Túrin II
2815 - 2914
Princes of
Dol Amroth
2855 - 2953
Adrahil II
2917 - 3010
2886 - 2984
2950 - 2988
Denethor II
2930 - 3019
two daughters
2978 - 3019
2983 - Fo.A. 82

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2014: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:

In the Extended Edition, Thranduil mentions "Ecthelion of Gondor" to Bard as someone who he could sell the Arkenstone to. At the time of the book, Turgon was still Steward of Gondor.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 206
  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. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
Ecthelion II
House of Húrin
Born: T.A. 2886 Died: T.A. 2984
Preceded by:
25th Ruling Steward of Gondor
T.A. 2953 - 2984
Followed by:
Denethor II