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Narmacil I

This article is about the seventeenth King of Gondor. For the twenty-ninth King, and descendent of Narmacil I, see Narmacil II.
Narmacil I
Matěj Čadil - Narmacil I of Gondor.jpg
"Narmacil I of Gondor" by Matěj Čadil
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Gondor
BirthT.A. 1049
RuleT.A. 1226 - 1294 (68 years)
DeathT.A. 1294 (aged 245)
HouseHouse of Anárion
ParentageAtanatar II
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Narmacil I

Narmacil I T.A. 1049[1]1294,[2] aged 245 years) was the seventeenth King of Gondor.


[edit] History

Narmacil inherited the Kingship from his father Atanatar II Alcarin in T.A. 1226.[2] He also seems to have inherited his father's indolent disposition for in 1240 he declared Minalcar, the son of his younger brother Calmacil, to be the Regent of the realm. During the remainder of Narmacil's reign Minalcar ruled in his name.[3]

The Easterlings renewed their attacks with a small force, but Minalcar proved to be a vigorous Regent. While Narmacil stayed behind, Minalcar sallied forth in T.A. 1248 and defeated a large army between Rhovanion and the Sea of Rhûn. He then took the name of "Rómendacil" (and later would ascend the throne as Rómendacil II). Because he had learned that the Northmen were not always loyal to Gondor, soon after this victory, Rómendacil sent his son, Valacar, as an ambassador to secure their allegiance.[3]

Narmacil ultimately became the second childless King of Gondor and was succeeded by his younger brother Calmacil.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Narmacil is Quenya. It is not glossed, but as Paul Strack explains, it probably means "Fire-sword", from nar ("fire") and macil ("sword").[4]

[edit] Genealogy

Hyarmendacil I
899 - 1149
Atanatar II
977 - 1226
1049 - 1294
1058 - 1304
Rómendacil II
1126 - 1366
1194 - 1432


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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 A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  4. Paul Strack, "Q. Narmacil m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 19 July 2021)
Narmacil I
House of Anárion
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 1049 Died: T.A. 1294
Preceded by:
Atanatar II Alcarin
17th King of Gondor
T.A. 1226 - 1294
Followed by: