House of Húrin
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|House of Húrin|
|Other names||House of the Stewards|
|Founder||Húrin of Emyn Arnen|
|Affiliation||Council of Gondor, House of Anárion, later the House of Telcontar|
|Languages||Westron, Númenórean Sindarin, Quenya|
|Members||Vorondil, Mardil Voronwë, Denethor II, Boromir, Faramir|
This ancient family of the Faithful used (beside the Common Speech) the Sindarin tongue after the fashion of Gondor. Their official names (after Mardil Voronwë) were in that tongue and drawn mostly from the ancient legends of the Elder Days.
History[edit | edit source]
Húrin and his House were noted as being of high Númenórean blood, for they were ultimately of royal origin (they had some share in the actual blood of Elendil and Anarion), and had kept their blood more pure than most other families in the later ages. Húrin himself was of ultimately royal descent and a kinsman to his King, Minardil.
After Húrin's time it became traditional for the Steward to be chosen from among his descendants, and in the time of Vorondil, who succeeded his father Pelendur, the post became hereditary. For this, the House was also known as House of the Stewards. Vorondil's horn became a hereditary heirloom, carried by the heir to the House.
After the loss of Gondor's last King, Eärnur, the Stewards of the House of Húrin took up the rule of the South-kingdom. That was until after the War of the Ring when Faramir, the heir of Denethor II, became Prince of Ithilien and Lord of Emyn Arnen (the lands of the House's patriarch).
Genealogy[edit | edit source]
Showing the descendants of Húrin of Emyn Arnen: First the hereditary Stewards of the Kings of Gondor, then the Ruling Stewards, and lastly the Princes of Ithilien (who again served as Stewards to the restored line of Kings). All information in the tree is from Appendix A ("The Southern Line: Heirs of Anarion" or "The Stewards") or (mostly for dates of birth) The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil", unless otherwise specified. The figures after the names are those of birth and death where recorded. A dagger symbol, '†' signifies those who did not die of old age. A name preceded by '*' indicates one of the Ruling Stewards; an italicized name denotes a Prince of Ithilien. A dashed line indicates marriage or a line of descent with some members missing.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Denethor II slew himself during the Battle of Pelennor Fields.
- Finduilas withered in the guarded city and died young.
- Steward Boromir had received a Morgul-wound in the war to recover Ithilien, became shrunken with pain, and died but twelve years after his father.
- Boromir died fighting Orcs near the Falls of Rauros.
- Faramir was the last Ruling Steward; after King Elessar was crowned, Faramir became a non-ruling Steward and the Prince of Ithilien.
- It is not certain that Barahir was the son of Elboron.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Two. Body, Mind and Spirit: V. Beards", p. 188
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Southern Line: Heirs of Anarion"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records", p. 15