Steward of Gondor

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Steward was the traditional title of a chief councillor to one of the Kings of Gondor.

History[edit | edit source]

King Rómendacil I established the office of Steward of Gondor, chosen by the King as a man of high trust and wisdom; Stewards were advanced in years since they were not permitted to go to war or to leave the realm. They were never a member of the Royal House.[1]

The Steward to King Minardil, Húrin of Emyn Arnen, was the founder of the House of Húrin.[2] They were of royal Númenórean blood, but were not descendants of Elendil in the ruling line.[3] After the time of Minardil, the Kings established the custom that Stewards are chosen from this House.

During the time of the Steward Pelendur, this title became hereditary, passing the station of councillor from father to son, much like the Kingship.[2]

Ruling stewards[edit | edit source]

After the death of King Eärnur, who left no heir to the throne of Gondor, the Steward Mardil Voronwë became the first of the Ruling Stewards. Mardil was the first of the Stewards to administer Gondor, and his descendants did so for 25 generations. The Stewards watched over the throne until it could be reclaimed by a true King of Gondor, an heir of Elendil.

Reunited Kingdom[edit | edit source]

Soon after the death of Denethor II, Aragorn Elessar was crowned King of the Reunited Kingdom. The Steward Faramir, son of Denethor II, surrendered to the King his rod of office, but it was returned to him.[4] Faramir nominally ruled briefly as Steward until Elessar's coronation, but since Faramir rested in the Houses of Healing, Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth took his place much of that time.[5] Though Faramir became Steward a month and a half before Elessar became King, Faramir is not considered one of the Ruling Stewards. King Elessar confirmed in Faramir and his descendants the office of Steward of Gondor, and granted him in addition the title of Prince of Ithilien, ensuring his line a position as councillor of the King.[4]

Duties and office[edit | edit source]

The Stewards used a simple white rod for their badge of office [6]. Additionally, they sat on a small throne that was in front of the throne used by the old kings of Gondor, letting that throne go unused in honor of the fallen kings [7].

Other names[edit | edit source]

"Steward" in Quenya was Arandur,[8] literally "king's servant, minister",[9] clearly a combination of aran ("king") + -ndur ("servant").