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"Ostoher of Gondor" by Matěj Čadil
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Gondor
BirthT.A. 222
RuleT.A. 411 - 492 (81 years)
DeathT.A. 492 (aged 270)
HouseHouse of Anárion
ChildrenRómendacil I
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Ostoher
Ostoher (T.A. 222[1]492,[2] aged 270) was the seventh King of Gondor.

[edit] History

In T.A. 420, Ostoher rebuilt and enlarged Minas Anor.[3] Upon completion, he made Minas Anor his summer residence, which became the tradition of his successors.[4]

Later, in T.A. 490, Gondor was invaded for the first time by Easterlings. Since Ostoher had become an old man his son Tarostar worked to defeat this threat. Tarostar succeeded, but not until T.A. 500, years after Ostoher's death.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Ostoher is Quenya. Its meaning is not glossed, but Paul Strack explains that it seems to mean "City Lord" and seems to be a compound of osto ("city", "fortress") and heru ("lord").[5]

[edit] Genealogy

48 - 324
136 - 411
222 - 492
Rómendacil I
310 - 541
397 - 667

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Ostoher's name was originally "Ostohir", which was changed to "Ostonir", and then finally "Ostoher" in the Second Edition of The Lord of the Rings.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 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. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  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. Ostoher m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 29 October 2021)
House of Anárion
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 222 Died: T.A. 492
Preceded by:
7th King of Gondor
T.A. 411 - 492
Followed by:
Rómendacil I