King's Writer

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The King's Writers were the royal scribes of Gondor. This entailed making the official records of Gondor, working directly with original sources.

Findegil, a King's Writer of renown presumably under the Kingship of Eldarion[1] in the Fourth Age, is known to have made at least one copy of the Red Book of Westmarch in Minas Tirith. Indeed, in Fo.A. 171, he finished a copy to create the Thain's Book.[2]


  1. The year of Eldarion's death is not recorded, but he would have been at most 171 years old and reigned 52 years when Findegil appears in the records.
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records"