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Elendur (King of Arnor)

This article is about the King of Arnor. For the son of Isildur, see Elendur (son of Isildur).
Elendur
Arnorian
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Arnor
LocationArnor
LanguageSindarin, Westron
BirthT.A. 552
RuleT.A. 652 - 777
DeathT.A. 777 (aged 225)
Family
HouseHouse of Isildur
ParentageValandur
ChildrenEärendur
Physical Description
GenderMale

Elendur (T.A. 552[1] - T.A. 777,[2] died aged 225) was the ninth King of Arnor.

[edit] History

Elendur's rule was uneventful. He ruled Arnor for 125 years, and was succeeded by his son, Eärendur - the last king of Arnor, upon his death in 777.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Elendur is a Quenya name. Its meaning is not glossed. Helge Fauskanger suggests it was probably intended to mean "Elf-servant", but literally means "Star-servant".[3] The Edain found it difficult to determine whether words and names containing the element el referred to the stars or to the Elves.[4] It is likely that he was named in memory of Isildur's son, Elendur, who was killed in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields. The first element, elen, was likely taken from the name of this earlier Elendur's grandfather, Elendil, where it was intended to mean "Elf".[5] The second element, -(n)dur was likely taken from this earlier Elendur's father, Isildur, where it means "servant" from the verb "to serve".[5]

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
Tarondor
372 - 602
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valandur
462 - 652
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ELENDUR
552 - 777
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eärendur
640 - 861
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amlaith
726 - 946
 
Kings of
Cardolan
 
Kings of
Rhudaur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kings of
Arthedain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 193
  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. Helge Fauskanger, "Elendur", Quettaparma Quenyallo (accessed 27 January 2022)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Author's Notes to Quendi and Eldar", Note 10, p. 410
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Note 118 to Letter 297, (dated August 1967)
Elendur
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 552 Died: T.A. 777
Preceded by:
Valandur
7th Heir of Isildur
T.A. 652 - 777
Followed by:
Eärendur
9th King of Arnor
T.A. 652 - 777