King of Rhovanion
King of Rhovanion was a title claimed by Vidugavia, a prince of the Northmen, in the 13th century of the Third Age. However, even if he was the most powerful of the many Northern princes, he never truly unified all the Northmen under his claimed kingship.
Vidugavia's own realm, the "Kingdom of Rhovanion", was between Greenwood and the River Running. He had a line of successors, and it seems that they continued to style themselves "King of Rhovanion" after Vidugavia's time. The use of the title, at least by the direct line, could not have continued past T.A. 1856, when Vidugavia's descendant Marhwini led his people out of Rhovanion to resettle in the Vales of Anduin.[note 1]
- ↑ The Lords of the Eotheod claimed descent from the '...kings of Rhovanion, whose realm lay beyond Mirkwood before the invasions of the Wainriders...' according to Appendix II to The Lord of the Rings. The use of the plural 'kings' here suggests that Vidugavia was not the only claimant of the title. This also implies that the kingdom lasted until the Wainrider invasions suggesting that there was a king during this time. At Eärnur's arrival at Mithlond in T.A. 1975, he was stated to have with him "proud princes of Rhovanion". These could not have been direct descendants of Vidugavia (whose realm had ceased to exist more than a century before) so perhaps some other line claimed the Kingship after Marhwini abandoned Rhovanion.