Valandil (King of Arnor)
|"Valandil" by Edward Johnson|
|Titles||King of Arnor|
|Birth||S.A. 3430 |
|Rule||T.A. 10 - 249|
|Death||T.A. 249 (aged 260)|
|House||House of Isildur|
|Siblings||Elendur, Aratan and Ciryon|
|Gallery||Images of Valandil|
Valandil (S.A. 3430 – T.A. 249) was the third King of Arnor, succeeding his father, High King Isildur, after he and Valandil's older brothers were killed in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields in T.A. 2.
Valandil was the youngest of the four sons of Isildur. When his mother was still pregnant, the War of the Last Alliance was to begin, and Isildur sent her to Rivendell for safety. Valandil was born there, in the same year that the Last Alliance of Elves and Men was formed. He was only one year old, remaining with his mother in Rivendell, when the host of Gil-galad and Elendil marched forth.
Before he was slain, Isildur became briefly king of Arnor and Gondor. While he had been High King of both realms, he committed the rule of Gondor to his nephew Meneldil who would become King of Gondor. With the death of his father and brothers in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, Valandil became heir to the throne of Arnor. However, since Valandil was only 13 years old, he would wait until he was 21 to become the king (in T.A. 10).
Valandil is a Quenya name. It means "Lover of the Valar". It is a compound of vala ("Vala") and -(n)dil ("lover", "friend"). It is likely that he was named after his ancestor Valandil, the first Lord of Andúnië.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VII. The Heirs of Elendil", p. 192
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "The Realms in Exile", "The Northern Line: Heirs of Isildur", note 1
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: IV. Time-scales", footnote 2
- Paul Strack, "Q. Valandil m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 29 October 2021)
House of Isildur
Cadet branch of House of Elros
|1st Heir of Isildur|
T.A. 2 - 249
|3rd King of Arnor|
T.A. 10 - 249