Ostoher

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Ostoher
Gondorian
Matěj Čadil - Ostoher of Gondor.jpg
"Ostoher of Gondor" by Matěj Čadil
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Gondor
LocationGondor
LanguageWestron
BirthT.A. 222
RuleT.A. 411 - 492 (81 years)
DeathT.A. 492 (aged 270)
Family
HouseHouse of Anárion
ParentageAnardil
ChildrenRómendacil I
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Ostoher

Ostoher (T.A. 222[1]492,[2] aged 270) was the seventh King of Gondor.

History[edit]

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]

Etymology[edit]

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]

Genealogy[edit]

Eärendil
48 - 324
 
 
 
 
Anardil
136 - 411
 
 
 
 
OSTOHER
222 - 492
 
 
 
 
Rómendacil I
310 - 541
 
 
 
 
Turambar
397 - 667


Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

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]

References

  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)
Ostoher
House of Anárion
Cadet branch of House of Elros
Born: T.A. 222 Died: T.A. 492
Preceded by:
Anardil
7th King of Gondor
T.A. 411 - 492
Followed by:
Rómendacil I


The Southern Line and the Heirs of Anárion
Kings of Gondor: Elendil (S.A. 3320 - 3441) · Isildur (S.A. 3441 - T.A. 2) and Anárion (S.A. 3320 - 3440) · Meneldil (T.A. 2 - 158) · Cemendur (158 - 238) · Eärendil (238 - 324) · Anardil (324 - 411) · Ostoher (411 - 492) · Rómendacil I (492 - 541) · Turambar (541 - 667) · Atanatar I (667 - 748) · Siriondil (748 - 830) · Tarannon Falastur (830 - 913) · Eärnil I (913 - 936) · Ciryandil (936 - 1015) · Hyarmendacil I (1015 - 1149) · Atanatar II Alcarin (1149 - 1226) · Narmacil I (1226 - 1294) · Calmacil (1294 - 1304) · Rómendacil II (1304 - 1366) · Valacar (1366 - 1432) · Eldacar (1432 - 1437) · Castamir the Usurper (1437 - 1447) · Eldacar restored (1447 - 1490) · Aldamir (1490 - 1540) · Hyarmendacil II (1540 - 1621) · Minardil (1621 - 1634) · Telemnar (1634 - 1636) · Tarondor (1636 - 1798) · Telumehtar Umbardacil (1798 - 1850) · Narmacil II (1850 - 1856) · Calimehtar (1856 - 1936) · Ondoher (1936 - 1944) · Eärnil II (1945 - 2043) · Eärnur (2043 - 2050)
Stewards of Gondor: Húrin of Emyn Arnen (c. T.A. 1630s) · Pelendur (before T.A. 1944 - 1998) · Vorondil (1998 - 2029) · Mardil Voronwë (2029 - 2080) · Eradan (2080 - 2116) · Herion (2116 - 2148) · Belegorn (2148 - 2204) · Húrin I (2204 - 2244) · Túrin I (2244 - 2278) · Hador (2278 - 2395) · Barahir (2395 - 2412) · Dior (2412 - 2435) · Denethor I (2435 - 2477) · Boromir (2477 - 2489) · Cirion (2489 - 2567) · Hallas (2567 - 2605) · Húrin II (2605 - 2628) · Belecthor I (2628 - 2655) · Orodreth (2655 - 2685) · Ecthelion I (2685 - 2698) · Egalmoth (2698 - 2743) · Beren (2743 - 2763) · Beregond (2763 - 2811) · Belecthor II (2811 - 2872) · Thorondir (2872 - 2882) · Túrin II (2882 - 2914) · Turgon (2914 - 2953) · Ecthelion II (2953 - 2984) · Denethor II (2984 - 3019) · Faramir (T.A. 3019 - Fo.A. 82) · Elboron (Fo.A. 82 onwards)
Kings of Gondor: Elessar (T.A. 3019 - Fo.A. 120) · Eldarion (Fo.A. 120 onwards)
Non-ruling stewards are in italics