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Kings of Gondor

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The King of Gondor was the Númenórean ruler of Gondor.

The King of Gondor governed the realm with the frame of ancient law, of which he was administrator (and interpreter) but not the maker.[1] The Kings were buried in the Hallows of Minas Tirith. Stone statues of the Kings were in the Tower Hall. The symbol of his authority was the Crown of Gondor.


[edit] History

Through Amandil the Kings claimed descent from the Lords of Andúnië, and from there to Silmariën and the Kings of Númenor. The line of the Kings of Gondor was associated with the House of Anárion.

Elendil was the first King of Arnor and was succeeded by Isildur. Elendil ruled over both realms as High King of the Dúnedain-in-exile Isildur succeeded as High King as well upon his father's death. Isildur committed Gondor to the rule of Meneldil the son of Anarion as sole King of Gondor, but Isildur's royalty in the South-realm remained, as his line was by right High King over both Arnor and Gondor, though after Isildur's death, the realms were split. Isildur's heirs ruled Arnor and Anárion's heirs ruled Gondor.

Eärnur was taken in Minas Morgul and never seen again, and the Kingdom of Gondor was ruled by a succession of Stewards until the restoration of the line of Kings with Elessar (Aragorn), the first king of the Reunited Kingdom of Gondor and Arnor.

[edit] List of Kings

Elendil, son of Amandil, reigned titularly as High King from S.A. 33203441 while his sons Isildur and Anárion were the co-rulers of Gondor itself until Anárion's death in S.A. 3440

Kings of Gondor
  Name Reign Notes
1. Anárion S.A. 3320S.A. 3440 Co-ruler with Isildur
1. Isildur S.A. 3320T.A. 2 Co-ruler with Anárion
3. Meneldil T.A. 2T.A. 158 Son of Anárion. First sole ruler of Gondor
4. Cemendur T.A. 158T.A. 238
5. Eärendil T.A. 238T.A. 324
6. Anardil T.A. 324T.A. 411
7. Ostoher T.A. 411T.A. 491
8. Rómendacil I T.A. 491T.A. 541 Born Tarostar
9. Turambar T.A. 541T.A. 667
10. Atanatar I T.A. 667T.A. 748
11. Siriondil T.A. 748T.A. 830
12. Tarannon Falastur T.A. 830T.A. 913 First of the Ship-kings. Died childless
13. Eärnil I T.A. 913T.A. 936 Nephew of Tarannon
14. Ciryandil T.A. 936T.A. 1015
15. Hyarmendacil I T.A. 1015T.A. 1149 Last of the Ship-kings
16. Atanatar II Alcarin T.A. 1149T.A. 1226
17. Narmacil I T.A. 1226T.A. 1294 Second childless king
18. Calmacil T.A. 1294T.A. 1304 Younger brother of Narmacil. His son Minalcar ruled as prince-regent from 1240 – 1304
19. Rómendacil II T.A. 1304T.A. 1366 Born Minalcar
20. Valacar T.A. 1366T.A. 1432 Married Vidumavi, the daughter of Vidugavia
21. Eldacar T.A. 1432T.A. 1437 Born Vinitharya
22. Castamir T.A. 1437T.A. 1447 Usurped the throne during the Kin-strife. Known as the Usurper
- Eldacar T.A. 1447T.A. 1490 Won back the throne with aid from the Northmen and Dúnedain of Gondor
23. Aldamir T.A. 1490T.A. 1540
24. Hyarmendacil II T.A. 1540T.A. 1621 Born Vinyarion
25. Minardil T.A. 1621T.A. 1634
26. Telemnar T.A. 1634T.A. 1636 Died in the Great Plague with all his children
27. Tarondor T.A. 1636T.A. 1798 Nephew of Telemnar
28. Telumehtar Umbardacil T.A. 1798T.A. 1850
29. Narmacil II T.A. 1850T.A. 1856
30. Calimehtar T.A. 1856T.A. 1936
31. Ondoher T.A. 1936T.A. 1944 Died in battle with his two sons. His daughter Fíriel might have been ruling queen but was passed by.
32. Eärnil II T.A. 1945T.A. 2043 Descendant of Telumehtar Umbardacil. Was crowned after a year of rule by the Steward Pelendur
33. Eärnur T.A. 2043T.A. 2050 Last King of Gondor. Reign of the Stewards begins
34. Elessar T.A. 3019Fo.A. 120 First High King of the Reunited Kingdom
35. Eldarion Fo.A. 120 – c. Fo.A. 220
For a detailed family tree of the individual Kings of Gondor, see: House of Anárion.

[edit] Names

"King of Gondor" was translated as Aran Ondóreo in Quenya,[2] and Aran Gondor in Sindarin.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 244, (undated, written circa 1963)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Three" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 49, June 2007, p. 27
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: XI. The Epilogue", p. 128

[edit] The ancestry of the Kings of Gondor

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