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Ornendil

Ornendil
Gondorian
Kent Burles - The Capture of Ornendil.png
"The Capture of Ornendil" by Kent Burles
Biographical Information
LocationGondor
LanguageWestron
BirthBefore T.A. 1330[1]
DeathT.A. 1437 (aged 107+)
Family
HouseHouse of Anárion
ParentageEldacar
SiblingsAldamir
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Ornendil

Ornendil was the older[2] son of King Eldacar of Gondor.[3]

[edit] History

In T.A. 1432 Ornendil's grandfather, King Valacar died and the civil war of the Kin-strife began[4], because some of the Dúnedain, especially in the southern provinces refused to accept Eldacar as their new king, who had been born in an alien country and whose mother Vidumavi was perceived by them to be of a lesser race and alien race. Castamir the Usurper, one of the leaders of the rebels against his father Eldacar, besieged Osgiliath, which Eldacar held for a long time.[3] In T.A. 1437[5] the forces of Castamir took and burnt Osgiliath. Though Eldacar managed to escape to his kinfolk in Rhovanion, Ornendil was captured, and put to death by Castamir.[3] Ten years later, in T.A. 1447,[6] Eldacar managed to avenge his son's death by killing Castamir in the Battle of the Crossings of Erui.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Ornendil is a Quenya name. It means "Lover of Trees".[7] It is a compound of orne ("tree") and -(n)dil ("lover", "friend").[8]

[edit] Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
Calmacil
1058 - 1304
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vidugavia
unknown
 
Rómendacil II
1126 - 1366
 
Calimehtar
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vidumavi
d. 1332
 
Valacar
1194 - 1432
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eldacar
1255 - 1490
 
 
 
Castamir
1259 - 1447
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ORNENDIL
d. 1437
 
Aldamir
1330 - 1540
 
sons
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hyarmendacil II
1391 - 1621
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minardil
1454 - 1634
 
 
 
 


[edit] Other verions of the legendarium

A late manuscript of what would later become Appendix A mentions that Ornendil was killed in T.A. 1446 and that his brother Aldamir was the third child of Eldacar, which implies that Ornendil also had a sister.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", The Southern Line of Gondor: the Anarioni, 23. Aldamir
  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", Kings of Gondor, Aldamir
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", entry for king Eldacar
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 1432
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 1437
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", entry for the year 1447
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: III. Of the Time in Arda", footnote 1
  8. Paul Strack, "Q. Ornendil m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 29 April 2022)