House of Telcontar
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The House of Telcontar was the Royal House of the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor in the Fourth Age. The House was founded by Aragorn II after the War of the Ring, who was the Heir of Elendil, and took the throne under the name Elessar.
During the War of the Ring, Peregrin Took, a companion of Aragorn's in the Fellowship of the Ring, became a member of the elite Citadel Guard at Minas Tirith, capital of Gondor. When Aragorn entered the city, Peregrin persisted in crudely referring to Aragorn by the nickname he had garnered as a Ranger of the North: "Strider", even in front of foreign dignitaries such as King Éomer of Rohan. Aragorn was amused and decided that the name of the lineage he founded would be "Telcontar", which means "Strider" in Quenya. Aragorn then took the royal name "Elessar".
With Queen Arwen, King Elessar reigned for 120 years, before finally surrendering his life. This long reign is attributed to Elessar's descent from the Men of Númenor, who are blessed with long life (he was 87 when he took the throne). He rebuilt the old capital Annúminas in Arnor and later ruled from this northern capital, although the old capital Minas Tirith was still of great political importance. Elessar had one known son, Eldarion, and an unspecified number of daughters.
After Aragorn's death in Fo.A. 120, his son Eldarion took up the High Kingship. One hundred years into his reign, he encountered a renewal of Morgoth-worship known as the "Dark Tree". In a 1972 letter concerning The New Shadow, Tolkien mentioned that Eldarion's reign would have lasted for about 100 years after the death of Aragorn.
Of Eldarion, it was foretold that he should rule a great realm, and that it should endure for a hundred generations of Men after him, that is until a new age brought in again new things; and from him should come the kings of many realms in long days after. But if this foretelling spoke truly, none now can say, for Gondor and Arnor are no more; and even the chronicles of the House of Telcontar and all their deeds and glory are lost.
T.A. 2931 - Fo.A. 120
T.A. 241 - Fo.A. 121
b. early Fo.A. - c. Fo.A. 220
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Houses of Healing"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The New Shadow"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 338, (dated 6 June 1972)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B