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Biographical Information
TitlesSteward of Gondor
BirthT.A. 1879
DeathT.A. 1998 (aged 119)
HouseHouse of Húrin
Physical Description

Pelendur (Third Age 1879[1]1998,[2] aged 119 years) was a Steward of Gondor, serving the Kings Ondoher and Eärnil II.


[edit] History

Pelendur was a descendant of Húrin of Emyn Arnen, an earlier Steward. All Stewards since Húrin had been chosen from among his descendants; after Pelendur the Stewardship became hereditary within the House of Húrin.[3]

In T.A. 1944 King Ondoher and his two sons, Artamir and Faramir fell in battle north of the Morannon. With the king and all of his male heirs dead, Pelendur ruled Gondor until a new king could be selected. There were two claimants for the throne: Prince Arvedui of Arthedain and general Eärnil who had defeated both the army of Harad near the River Poros and the Wainriders in the Battle of the Camp.

Arvedui’s claim was based upon his descent from Isildur and upon his marriage to Fíriel, Ondoher’s only remaining child. Pelendur played the chief part in rejecting Arvedui's claim. He contended that the crown belonged to the heirs of Meneldil, son of Anárion, since Isildur had relinquished the realm of Gondor. Also, he stated that the heritage of royalty was reckoned only through the sons. Although Arvedui countered Pelendur with strong arguments, in the end the Council of Gondor chose Eärnil, by virtue of his outstanding victories and because he was of the royal house (to the Dúnedain of Gondor the realm in Arthedain seemed a small thing and all of them gave their support to Eärnil).[4]

Eärnil was crowned as Eärnil II in T.A. 1945 and Pelendur continued to serve as his Steward until his death in 1998.[2] Upon his death the title of the Steward became hereditary, and the office was assumed by his son, Vorondil.

[edit] Etymology

Pelendur is a Quenya name. Its meaning is not glossed, but Paul Strack suggests it means "Servant of the Border" and is a compound of some derivative of the root PEL ("border") and the suffix -(n)dur ("servant", "to serve").[5]

[edit] Genealogy

Húrin of
Emyn Arnen

fl. 1634
1879 - 1998
1919 - 2029
Mardil Voronwë
1960 - 2080


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 204
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  5. Paul Strack, "Q. Pelendur m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 5 February 2022)
House of Húrin
Born: T.A. 1879 Died: T.A. 1998
Last known: Húrin of Emyn Arnen
Steward to the King of Gondor
unknown – T.A. 1944
As Ruling Steward
Position created
Ruling Steward of Gondor
T.A. 19441945
As Steward
As Ruling Steward
Steward to the King of Gondor
T.A. 19451998
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