The Heirs of Elendil

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The Peoples of Middle-earth
  1. The Prologue
  2. The Appendix on Languages
  3. The Family Trees
  4. The Calendars
  5. The History of the Akallabêth
  6. The Tale of Years of the Second Age
  7. The Heirs of Elendil
  8. The Tale of Years of the Third Age
  9. The Making of Appendix A
  10. Of Dwarves and Men
  11. The Shibboleth of Fëanor
  12. The Problem of Ros
  13. Last Writings
  14. Dangweth Pengoloð
  15. Of Lembas
  16. The New Shadow
  17. Tal-Elmar

The Heirs of Elendil is the chapter from the The Peoples of Middle-earth volume, part of The History of Middle-earth series, which deals with the descendants of Elendil. It is the basis of Appendix A in the published Lord of the Rings.

The chapter begins as a list of dates of events concerning Elendil and his sons, Isildur and Anárion, listing their births and then events concerning them in Middle-earth after the Downfall of Númenor. It then lists the Northern and Southern Lines that began with Isildur and Anárion respectively. The Northern Line lists the names, lifespans, birth years, and death years of the Kings of Arnor, Kings of Arthedain, and Chieftains of the Dúnedain. The Southern Line lists the same for the Kings of Gondor and Ruling Stewards of Gondor. Interspersed throughout are notes about the reigns of some, but not all, of these figures. Following these a separate list of the lifespans, dates of birth, and dates of death are given for the Princes of Dol Amroth, but in this case most of the names are not given.