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Rómendacil II

This article is about the nineteenth King of Gondor. For the King who ruled 800 years earlier, see Rómendacil I.
Rómendacil II
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"Rómendacil II of Gondor" by Matěj Čadil
Biographical Information
Other namesMinalcar
TitlesRegent of Gondor, King of Gondor
BirthT.A. 1126
Rule(T.A. 1240 as Regent) T.A. 1304 - 1366 (62 years)
DeathT.A. 1366 (aged 240)
HouseHouse of Anárion
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Rómendacil II

Rómendacil II (T.A. 1126[1]1366[2], aged 240 years), born Minalcar, was the nineteenth King of Gondor.


[edit] History

Minalcar was the son of prince Calmacil and nephew of King Narmacil I.

A vigourous man, as his uncle King Narmacil I recognized, in order to unburden himself from the cares of government, the indolent King appointed Minalcar as Regent of the realm in T.A. 1240. When Narmacil died with no child, Minalcar's father Calmacil succeeded to the throne. Calmacil, coming to the Kingship in his old age, kept Minalcar in his position as Regent. From then until his father's death in 1304, Minalcar ruled in the name of the kings before becoming King in his own right.

As Regent, Minalcar's main concern was the state of the North. In the wide lands beyond the Anduin the Northmen had multiplied. These people had been shown favour by the Kings in the past but when, in the days of Narmacil I, the Easterlings resumed their attacks it was discovered that not all of the Northmen adhered to Gondor. To secure the region, in T.A. 1248 Minalcar led a great force that defeated a large Easterling army between Rhovanion and the Sea of Rhûn, and even destroyed their encampments east of the Sea. Minalcar then took the name Rómendacil or "East-victor".

After his victory Rómendacil fortified the western shore of the Anduin up to the River Limlight, and had the Pillars of the Argonath built above Nen Hithoel. Seeking to increase Gondor's manpower, Rómendacil brought many Northmen into his service. To one leader, Vidugavia, who called himself the King of Rhovanion, Rómendacil showed special favour. He sent his son Valacar in T.A. 1250 to live with Vidugavia as Gondor's ambassador.

[edit] Etymology

Minalcar is Quenya. Its meaning is not glossed, but as Paul Strack explains, it might mean "First Glory" and be a compound of minya ("first") and alcar ("glory").[3]

Rómendacil is Quenya. It means "East-victor".[4] It is a compound of rómen ("east") and -(n)dacil ("victor").[5]

[edit] Genealogy

Atanatar II
977 - 1226
Narmacil I
1049 - 1294
1058 - 1304
1126 - 1366
d. 1332
1194 - 1432
1255 - 1490
1259 - 1447


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil"
  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. Paul Strack, "Q. Minalcar m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 28 July 2021)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", second paragraph
  5. Paul Strack, "Q. Rómendacil m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 28 July 2021)
Rómendacil II
House of Anárion
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 1126 Died: T.A. 1366
Position created
Regent of Gondor
T.A. 1240 - 1304
Became King
Preceded by:
19th King of Gondor
T.A. 1304 - 1366
Followed by: